How nurses cope with occupational stress outside their workplaces

Happell, Brenda, Reid-Searl, Kerry, Dwyer, Trudy, Caperchione, Cristina M, Gaskin, Cadeyrn J and Burke, Karena J 2013, How nurses cope with occupational stress outside their workplaces, Collegian, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 195-199, doi: 10.1016/j.colegn.2012.08.003.

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Title How nurses cope with occupational stress outside their workplaces
Author(s) Happell, Brenda
Reid-Searl, Kerry
Dwyer, Trudy
Caperchione, Cristina M
Gaskin, Cadeyrn JORCID iD for Gaskin, Cadeyrn J
Burke, Karena J
Journal name Collegian
Volume number 20
Issue number 3
Start page 195
End page 199
Total pages 5
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2013-09
ISSN 1322-7696
Keyword(s) Adaptation, Psychological
Focus Groups
Occupational Diseases
Qualitative Research
Stress, Psychological
Summary Nursing is acknowledged as a stressful occupation, and the negative impact of high stress levels have been widely researched. Less attention has been paid to methods for coping with stress. The researchers conducted a study to explore and identify how nurses cope with work-related stress away from their work environments. Six focus groups were conducted with 38 nurses, including nursing directors, nurse unit managers, and ward nurses from a wide range of clinical areas. From the interview material, 11 coping strategies were identified: drinking alcohol, smoking, using the staff social club, using social networking websites, exercising, family activities, home-based activities, outdoor activities, avoiding people, displacement, and sleep. Although several adaptive strategies appear in this list (e.g., exercising, home-based activities), some nurses were using unhealthy behaviours to cope with work-related stress (e.g., drinking alcohol, smoking, displacement). This study clearly demonstrates the value of using qualitative approaches to understanding how nurses cope with stress. Knowledge produced locally, such as that generated for the hospital in this study, should serve as the foundation for organisational strategies to enhance the health of nurses.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.colegn.2012.08.003
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
1110 Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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