Greetings fellow nurses!
I am a graduate research assistant (and nurse) working on developing a free online CEU module about work stress in nursing and I'm soliciting personal experiences of actual nursing professionals of all ages and backgrounds to supplement the more traditional learning methods in the training.
I am seeking responses from nurses of all ages, experience levels, specialties, and backgrounds.
If you are interested in sharing your experience and contributing to the development of improved stress management in nursing:
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject line: CPH-NEW Case Studies) with the following:
Initials, Age, Gender, Racial background, Level of Education, Length of experience, and Specialty area
Average Stress Rating (1/10): At Work __ At Home __
Do you perceive a lot of stress in your life? How many days a week do you feel stressed?
What proportion of your stress is related to your work life as opposed to your home life?
Are you satisfied with the balance between work, family and recreation?
What work related stressors most impact your daily experiences as a nurse? What stressors impact your life over time?
(Examples: design of tasks, management style, interpersonal relationships, work roles, career concerns, and environmental conditions)
Do you feel that the level of job demands that are asked of you, match the level of control you have in your role?
Do you feel that the effort you put forth in your job is balanced with appropriate job rewards?
What short-term physical, psychological and psychosocial problems have you experienced secondary to job stress? What long term effects have you experienced? (We are also seeking a story specific to work stress related cardiovascular conditions)
What steps have you taken personally to alleviate job stress? Have they been successful? If so, why or why not?
Have any actions been taken at the organizational level to alleviate job stress? Have they been successful? If so, why or why not? Is there a peer or leader in your workplace that advocates for organizational change?
Have any resources been made available to assist you in the management of job related stress? Are you familiar with any resources outside your organization? If so, how did you learn about them?
What do you think would be most beneficial in reducing work stress as a nurse?
Do you have a personal story that highlights the impact of job-related stress for nurses? If so, we would like to share your experience!
Rhiannon Doherty, RN BSN, Student PMHNP
University of Massachusetts - Lowell