Nurse leaders report high levels of stress, with role overload, organizational constraints and role ambiguity found to be the biggest predictors of stress, according to a new study published online in JOGNN. The study also found that nurse leaders who experienced stress were more likely to have lower job satisfaction, increased intention to quit and more mental health symptoms. The findings are based on surveys completed by nearly 400 AWHONN members who listed their position in the membership roster as shift supervisor, nurse manager, director or chief nursing officer. The researchers found no correlation between personal factors, such as age, education or tenure, and stress. However, they found that increased autonomy could reduce some of the negative outcomes of stress, such as intention to quit. The findings point to the need for evidence-based interventions to reduce stress among this group, particularly given the challenges of recruiting and retaining nurse leaders. The authors of this study were recipients of a 2008 research grant from AWHONN, sponsored by Hill-Rom. Read the abstact.
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