Title

Staff stress on an Alzheimer's unit

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

9-1-1992

NLM Title Abbreviation

J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of psychosocial nursing and mental health services

PubMed ID

1404013

Abstract

Nurses working with the elderly encounter many complex and potentially stressful care situations. Nowhere is this more true than for nursing home staff who work in highly demanding, labor- and client-intensive jobs. A number of factors contribute to the high levels of stress found among nurses who work with the elderly, including continual exposure to physical and emotional pathology and death, and conflict with families, co-workers, supervisors, and representatives from other departments or professions (Goldin, 1985; Klus, 1980). When the stress level in a long-term care facility becomes overwhelming, role conflict, ambiguity, poor self-esteem, and burnout may ensue (Goldin, 1985; Heine, 1986; Klus, 1980; Morrow-Winn, 1985). The process of burnout is characterized by a progressive loss of idealism, energy, and purpose that eventually leads to emotional overextension and exhaustion (Price, 1984).

Keywords

Adult, Alzheimer Disease/nursing, Burnout, Professional/epidemiology/etiology/prevention & control, Female, Hospitals, Veterans, Humans, Iowa/epidemiology, Male, Nursing Homes, Nursing Staff, Hospital/education/psychology, Psychiatric Nursing/methods, Questionnaires, Self-Help Groups/organization & administration

Published Article/Book Citation

Journal of psychosocial nursing and mental health services, 30:9 (1992) pp.25-31.

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/538