Naturalistic evaluation of nurses’ mental workload and stress
December 7, 2021
Intensive Care Units (ICUs) are characterized by high stress, workload, and continuous background noises from ICU technologies such as ventilators. While most ICU nursing studies explore workload with self-reported instruments, the emergence of cutting-edge technologies has provided a unique opportunity to conduct naturalistic studies in ICUs. Dr. Ahmadi presents the application of eye-tracking technology in the naturalistic evaluation of nurses' workload; we employed various eye movements metrics to examine the mental workload of nurses during day and night shifts as well as handoff periods.
Postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Outcomes Research, Houston Methodist
Dr. Nima Ahmadi is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Outcomes Research, Houston Methodist. He earned a Ph.D. in Engineering Management from Western New England University. His primary area of focus is human factors engineering. He contributed to the development of an iPad-based training program to enhance teen drivers’ hazard perception skills and designed a gaze-based training intervention for general aviation student pilots using a flight simulator and eye-tracking device. Currently, Dr. Ahmadi is exploring triggers of stress and workload in ICUs and designing an intervention to improve medical compliance among African American breast cancer patients.
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