Moderators of the Negative Outcomes of Nurse Manager Stress

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Objective:The objective of this study was to examine moderators of the negative effects of nurse managers’ stress.Background:Nurse managers have important and stressful jobs. Stress affects outcomes such as job satisfaction and intent to quit.Methods:A quantitative, cross-sectional survey design was used to obtain a convenience sample to examine which factors buffered negative effects of stress.Results:Nurse managers reported high levels of stress, although stress decreased with age. Autonomy was the most effective buffer, followed by social support and predictability.Conclusions:Nurse managers should be offered autonomy and encouraged to seek support from supervisors and coworkers to reduce the negative effects of stress.

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