A recent study of 120 Midwest nurses has found that the majority had poor health habits, which many of them attributed to high stress levels.
“The Impact of Perceived Stress and Coping Adequacy on the Health of Nurses: A Pilot Investigation,” published in the online journal Nursing Research and Practice, found that nurses with high stress and poor coping had difficulty with patients, working in teams, communicating with co-workers and performing their jobs efficiently.
“This study reveals stress takes a toll on nurses’ health and they need better ways to handle it,” said Jagdish Khubchandani, a Ball State health science professor who was part of a multi-university team that examined how nurses cope with stress. “Nurses need to improve their lifestyles and health behaviors, take advantage of all health benefits available to them and learn to manage stress and conflicts at the workplace.”
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