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Table 1 Staff nurses’ semi-structured interview: topics and items

From: Predictors of burnout, work engagement and nurse reported job outcomes and quality of care: a mixed method study

Topic Items
Last experience with perceived workload Describe the conditions and your actions?
  Could you handle the situation?
  What was the reaction of your team?
Aspects that influence perceived workload What are the circumstances that you perceive workload?
  How do these circumstances occur? Do certain colleagues (nurses, physicians, physiotherapist, …) have a particular role in such a situation?
  In your opinion what is acceptable workload and what is not acceptable workload?
  Are there circumstances that you experience workload less fierce although there is lots to do? Why was that so?
Impact of workload What is the impact of workload on yourself, physically and mentally?
  How do you deal after very busy workdays?
  Did you experience aversion to go to work caused by perceived workload?
  Do you have sometimes the intention to leave the nursing profession through your perceived workload?
  What is the impact of workload on your patients and on patient care