Saturday, February 26, 2011

Work Stress and Burnout Among Nurses

The AHRQ has a book called "Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses." In Chapter 26, we find a chapter titled, "Work Stress and Burnout Among Nurses: Role of the Work Environment and Working Conditions."

There's a section that says:

Nevertheless, work stress and burnout remain significant concerns in nursing, affecting both individuals and organizations. For the individual nurse, regardless of whether stress is perceived positively or negatively, the neuroendocrine response yields physiologic reactions that may ultimately contribute to illness.

We often don't think about the impact of stress in our lives. However, if it's going to contribute to illness and possibly even disability, shouldn't we be doing more to control and manage work stress?

You can read chapter 26 here (PDF).

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