Organizational Stress Issues In Nursing

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OCCUPATIONAL STRESS ISSUES AMONG NURSES

The health care industry has had to deal with occupational stress factors over a long period of time. Studies have shown that, over time, health care workers are higher up the ladder with issues related to substance abuse, suicide and elevated forms of depression and anxiety linked to occupational stress. In addition to the aforementioned psychological factors, burnout, absenteeism, reduced patient satisfaction and treatment/ diagnosis errors are also resulting outcomes of occupational stress.
Nursing is generally perceived as a very demanding profession. Along with the increased demand and progress in the nursing profession, there has also been an increase in stress levels of nurses who usually experience
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Nurses are exposed to multiple stressful demands and pressures from workplace, family, and other factors as represented by Ostelle in the transactional model of stress and health and are therefor at very high risk of an array of safety, health and other issues. Nurses confront a range of occupational health and safety (OHS) risks in their roles of providing care and comfort to the sick and aged. While much has been done to identify and control the physical risks associated with nursing work, such as manual handling, ergonomics, chemical and biological hazards, not much has been achieved in successfully recognising the very real psychological risks encountered by…show more content…
Complaint about the behavior of the supervisor (i.e., chief nurse, physician), for example, being condescending or rude. Specific mention of unsatisfying relationship with supervisors. Lack of support and lack of respect from supervisor. Supervisor or other leaders of the organization do not show concern for the welfare of the person

Inadequate direction from supervisors, unclear instructions. Different from role ambiguity where the subjective experience of unclear expectations are the main themes. Problems with the organizational structure (e.g., nurse reports to multiple supervisors)

Disagreements, differing opinions with regards to instructions from the supervisor or someone from above the nurse in the hierarchy Organizational stressors

Poor organizational climate

Low salary

Negative or punitive reward and appraisal system

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