Stressed

  1. Hi everyone! I am back in school to get my BSN and I need all (okay-at least ten ) of your help. I am the queen of procrasination so the sooner your replies the better! LOL. I need to conduct an interview/poll on the stress level of nurses based on setting, nursing degree, experience, etc.
    Here are other information I need when you reply to the pole- please help me out! Thank you so much!
    1. Describe your work setting:
    2. What floor or specialty?
    3. How long have you been a nurse?
    4. What is your highest degree?
    5. Where do you live?
    6. How many hours do you work?
    7. What would you say is your greatest cause of stress?
    a. staffing
    b. pace
    c. paperwork
    d other-explain...
    Thank You SO much!
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  2. Poll: In your current job- How often do you feel under great stress?

    • Not Sure

      0% 0
    • Never

      2.56% 1
    • Less than 1/week

      25.64% 10
    • 1-2 days/ week

      17.95% 7
    • several days/ week

      15.38% 6
    • Almost everyday

      38.46% 15
    39 Votes
  3. 11 Comments

  4. by   grammyr
    I am an AD nurse and work in a small rural ED (4 beds) in extreme north Louisiana. I have been a nurse for 6 years and have been an ED nurse for about 5. I work full time nights and my biggest source of stress is my senior management group at work. Several of them think that nurses are a dime a dozen We are short staffed everywhere. My CNO keeps jacking with whatever it is that he uses to figure staffing for us to keep us from getting extra help. We get no respect from him or other management. Why do I stay?? I am not sure except I love my coworkers and patients(most of them),
  5. by   grentea
    1. Describe your work setting: A busy university hospital
    2. What floor or specialty? Neuro
    3. How long have you been a nurse? About one month
    4. What is your highest degree? BSN
    5. Where do you live? Philly
    6. How many hours do you work? 36-40
    7. What would you say is your greatest cause of stress?
    Typical new nurse sort of things and adjusting to the fast pace of my floor have caused me stress but I'm feeling more and more comfortable every day. My preceptors and co-workers have been so wonderful in helping me to learn. Having a good team of physicians and nurses who work together and help each other out is so important!
  6. by   GPatty
    I'm under stress 1-2 days a week, and I only work 2 days a week.......
  7. by   Tweety
    1. Describe your work setting: Hospital
    2. What floor or specialty? trauma med-surg
    3. How long have you been a nurse? 14 years
    4. What is your highest degree? ADN, current enrolled in a RN to BSN program
    5. Where do you live? St. Petersburg, FL
    6. How many hours do you work? 36 (3 12-hr. shifts/week)
    7. What would you say is your greatest cause of stress?
    a. staffing
    b. pace
    c. paperwork
    d other-explain...RN to patient ratio....way too high. Currently it's 7:1 where I work, with the help of a tech.



    Good luck.
  8. by   jalene
    HI
    I WORK AS A TRIBAL NURSE AND ALSO A SCHOOL NURSE AFTER MANY YEARS IN HOSPITAL AND HOME HEALTH.
    i HAVE BEEN A RN FOR 17 YEARS
    I HAVE MY ASS DEGREE AND HOPEFULLY SOON MY CDE
    I LIVE IN A VERY RURAL TOWN IN NORTHERN ARIZONA
    I WORK 40-60 A WEEK
    MANY THINGS CAN CAUSE STRESS FOR ME , BUT I THINK THAT THE MAJOR CAUSE IS WORRY...I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR ALOT OF PEOPLE..................I AM THE ONLY NURSE .
  9. by   traumaRUs
    1. Describe your work setting: large, level one teaching hospital in IL
    2. What floor or specialty? emergency department
    3. How long have you been a nurse? 13 years
    4. What is your highest degree? MSN
    5. Where do you live? Rural area of central IL
    6. How many hours do you work? 45-50
    7. What would you say is your greatest cause of stress?
    a. staffing - no as a case manager very little stress.
    b. pace - fairly quick most of the time.
    c. paperwork - not too much stress from this either
    d other-explain...
    Thank You SO much!
  10. by   CrunchRN
    1. Describe your work setting: University
    2. What floor or specialty? Clinical Research Coordinator
    3. How long have you been a nurse? 12 years
    4. What is your highest degree? ADN
    5. Where do you live? Fort Worth, TX
    6. How many hours do you work? 40
    7. What would you say is your greatest cause of stress? funding, IRB rules
    a. staffing Just me for everything
    b. pace Slow to hectic - very nice most the time - busy during study visits
    c. paperwork Killer!
    d other-explain... This is not a typical setting even for research so you may want to remove my 1 day per week stress vote.

    Your welcome!
  11. by   fluffwad
    1. Describe your work setting: Long term Care
    2. What floor or specialty? MDS Coordinator
    3. How long have you been a nurse? 22 years
    4. What is your highest degree? ADN
    5. Where do you live? NE Ohio
    6. How many hours do you work? 40

    7. What would you say is your greatest cause of stress?
    d. other-explain..........lack of confidence/ trust in my boss(es). My DON ( recently fired ) was so pathologically insecure that she disempowered everyone around her / targetted other RNs until they left/ prevented others from succeeding in their jobs. The administrator didn't listen to the complaints until after we had major problems. He means well and is a nice guy but he doesnt think things thru and has made some poor decisions because he didn't get enough input, or relied on info from just one person who was the wrong person to trust ( the former DON).



    Last edit by fluffwad on Dec 4, '05
  12. by   TLThomas
    Quote from sweet31eve
    Hi everyone! I am back in school to get my BSN and I need all (okay-at least ten ) of your help. I am the queen of procrasination so the sooner your replies the better! LOL. I need to conduct an interview/poll on the stress level of nurses based on setting, nursing degree, experience, etc.
    Here are other information I need when you reply to the pole- please help me out! Thank you so much!
    1. Describe your work setting: Hospital 2. What floor or specialty? ER
    3. How long have you been a nurse? 3 Years
    4. What is your highest degree? ASN
    5. Where do you live? Cross Lanes WV
    6. How many hours do you work? 36
    7. What would you say is your greatest cause of stress? C
    a. staffing
    b. pace
    c. paperwork
    d other-explain...
    Thank You SO much!
    Good Luck
  13. by   papawjohn
    Hey!!!

    Work setting: (actually-almost never. I walk constantly.)

    Sorry--had to throw that in!! But from now on I'll be cereal.

    Work setting: 2-300 bed urban hospital
    Specialty: general medical-surgical-cardiac ICU
    How long a nurse: 25 yrs
    Highest degree: ASN '80, BS (history, psych) '73
    Where: Tampa Bay area, FL
    How many Hrs: 36-48/wk
    Greatest source of stress:
    Staffing: usually adequate
    Pace: almost always tolerable (sometimes too slow!!)
    Paperwork: YES!! JAICO, litigiousness, Medicare and similar sources of stupid paperwork DRIVE ME NUTS!!! (Some would say-a short drive!)
    Other: I love the stress that critically ill Pts give me. A day without stress is like a meal without spice or a day without sunshine. Probably I'm totally crazy to say this, but it's why I'm an ICU Nurse--I love caring for the sickest people I can find. When my Pt dies, I HATE it. When they live (and occaisionally get better, even well) there is no feeling like it. How many people can say their job gives them that range of emotions? If I had to and could, I would pay the Hospital for the privilege of being an ICU Nurse.

    Papaw John
  14. by   sweet31eve
    Thank you all so much for your replies!

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