AbstractThis study has as objectives the identification of the characteristics of the worker-students enrolled in the Middle Level Technical School for Professional Qualification in Nursing and the evaluation of their Quality of Life. It is a descriptive, exploratory, cross-sectional field study, with a qualitative focus. The population consisted of 101 worker-students enrolled in the morning, afternoon and night periods, in a private technical school in the city of S. Paulo. To evaluate their Quality of Life we used the Ferrans and Powers QOL, obtained from four dominions: Health/functioning, Socialeconomic, Psychologic/spiritual and Family. The QOL showed reliability, for this study, with an alpha value of 0.84. The majority (82.2%) of the students were females, 63.3% caucasian, 65.7% were aged between 19 and 29 years, 68.3% were single, 73.3% had no children, 82.8% said they slept less than 6 hours/day, 90.1% said they didnt eat properly and did it at incorrect hours. As for leisure, 67.9% of them referred to visiting family or friends and 63.1% referred to watching TV. In the evaluation of their Quality of Life we obtained the following scores: total Quality of Life, 21.07 (SD=4.50), Health/functioning, 20.01 (SD=5.03); Socio-economic, 20.09 (SD=4.82); Psychologic/spiritual, 23.58 (SD=5.41); and Family, 22.18 (SD=6.61). The Quality of Life of the worker-students was considered to be good in all dominions of QOL.
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