Stress and Health Care Workers

Consider this:

  • 31 percent of the general population of employed people report high stress
  • 45 percent of health care workers report high stress
  • 67 percent of nurse managers report high levels of stress

Working in any job can be challenging and exciting, but it can also be depressing and difficult. Many health care workers experience unique types of workplace stress due to working long hours, dealing with difficult co-workers and families, dealing with life-or-death situations, and dealing with balancing work and home life.

All of these stressors can lead to burnout, absenteeism and turnover in the workplace.

The effects of stress are physical and emotional. Stress can affect mood, sleep and eating habits, and can lead to an increased use of alcohol and drugs.

The good news is that help is available to reduce stress. Some ways to reduce stress include:

  • Exercise
  • Meditation
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Increase your leisure activities
  • Getting support from others is also helpful; generally family, friends, co-workers and hospital chaplains are good resources

Disclaimer: TEXT by Cathy Williams, with the BJC Employee Assistance Program (EAP). This BJC program is available for all BJC HealthCare employees and their family members and provides counseling for any personal or workplace issue. BJC EAP is a 24-hour confidential program available at no cost to BJC HealthCare employees. For more information, call 314.729.4030.