Proposed and Implemented Strategies to Combat Nursing Stress
Lents, Melanie J., 1992-
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Nursing stress and burnout can negatively affect individual nurses, organizations, and ultimately patient care. Enough research has been acquired to recognize the problem, but research on what interventions decrease nursing stress is lacking. The purpose of this study was to discover interventions both proposed and implemented that nurses and organizations can use to combat nursing stress. In this literature review, 11 articles included surveys, journal articles, literature reviews, and interventional studies published since 2005. The proposed strategies for individual nurses incorporated healthy lifestyles for nurses as well as a program to relieve stress. Implemented strategies for individual nurses include programs to identify the biggest stress causing actions and adapt to them in multiple ways including meditation. Proposed strategies for organizations mostly involved increase in staff number, break times, and horizontal communication between the employees and the organization owners. Implemented strategies for organizations were creating work environments with access to information, support, and opportunity. A website was also included that offers a variety of resources aimed at managers and employees cooperating.