INTRODUCTION: The objectives of this study was to assess the relationship between work performance and self-reported symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety in Timor Island nurses in Tuberculosis/HIV unit and COVID-19 unit.
METHODS: This research used comparative cross-sectional design. This research was conducted from October 2020 to January 2021. Total sampling was used in this study The samples were 236 nurses working in the tuberculosis/HIV isolation rooms and 423 nurses in the COVID-19 isolation rooms. The data were collected using the DASS-42 to measure depression, anxiety, and stress and the work performance questionnaire to measure the nurses performance. The questionnaires were distributed through a Google form application. The collected data were analyzed using the Pearsons correlation and independent t-test. T-test to see differences in the performance of tuberculosis/HIV isolation nurses with COVID-19 isolation nurses, and Pearson to see the relationship between depression, stress and anxiety with work performance.
RESULTS: The average nurses in the tuberculosis/HIV isolation rooms experienced mild depression, stress, and anxiety with mean value 4.56 for depression, 4.44 for anxiety and 5.63 for stress, while those in the COVID-19 isolation rooms experienced moderate depression, stress, and anxiety with mean 17.03 for depression, 11.23 for anxiety and 6.120 for stress. Regarding the work performance, nurses in the tuberculosis/HIV isolation rooms, on average, had sufficient work performance, while those in the COVID-19 isolation rooms showed less work performance. There was a difference in the work performance between nurses working in the tuberculosis/HIV isolation rooms and in the COVID-19 isolation rooms with a p-value of <0.05.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: The psychological states of nurses, including depression, stress, and anxiety, were correlated with the work performance of nurses in the tuberculosis/HIV and COVID-19 isolation rooms.