Date of Award

Summer 7-1989

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Community & Environmental Health


Community Health Education

Committee Director

Gregory H. Frazer

Committee Member

John L. Echternach

Committee Member

David A. Sterling

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.C48S43


The purpose of this study was to identify the most significant stressors in the field of nuclear medicine technology. A sample of convenience of 25 nuclear medicine technologists was used to generate a list of 35 stressors specific to the occupation. Sixty-three randomly selected nuclear medicine technologists responded to a mailed questionnaire which asked the technologist to assess the relative stressfulness of each of the 35 items on a scale of "0 to 1000". Data from the 59 valid responses indicated that equipment malfunctions, add on exams, uncooperative physicians, lack of staff, and uncooperative patients were the most significant stressors encountered by the technologists. Pooled variance t-tests indicated 14 significant mean differences between demographic subgroups within the composite instrument. Gender, job title, and years of experience were areas of greatest difference. The reliability of the stressor ranking questionnaire, as determined by Cronbach's alpha, was .87. Results of this study may be used by hospital administrators, supervisors, and technologists to identify stressors in the nuclear medicine department. Once identified, efforts can then be directed towards the management of these stressors.


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