Impact of Role Stressors on the Health of Nurse Managers: A Western Canadian Context


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Abstract

OBJECTIVEA qualitative exploratory inquiry was used to understand nurse managers’ (NMs’) perceptions of their role stressors, coping strategies, and self-health related outcomes as a result of frequent exposure to stressful situations in their role.BACKGROUNDStrong nursing leadership is required for desirable staff, patient, and organizational outcomes. A stressed NM will negatively influence staff nurse satisfaction and retention, patient outcomes, and organizational performance. Stress can affect NMs’ mental and physical heath, leading to job dissatisfaction and turnover.METHODSA qualitative exploratory inquiry was conducted using semistructured interviews with 23 NMs and 1 focus group interview.RESULTSFindings suggest that coping strategies may be inadequate, given the intensity and demands of the manager role, and could negatively impact NMs’ long-term health.CONCLUSIONSSenior nurse leaders can significantly impact the health and productivity of NMs by minimizing the adverse effects of role stress and foster a positive work environment.

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