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Keep an eye on stress

Residency Program Insider, January 16, 2006

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Dear residency program colleague:

Some sources of job-related stress are common among many professions. Others are unique to healthcare. But even universal stressors, such as conflicts with coworkers and increased workload are generally more intense in the healthcare setting because people working in these settings are responsible for the lives of fellow human beings.

Below are common job-related stressors that affect residents:

Stress in inevitable, but it is important that you determine whether residents are experiencing "normal" stress or whether it is getting out of control. First, review the common stressors identified above. How many of them exist in your workplace? How often do they affect your residents?

Also determine whether patient care is suffering in the departments where your residents deliver patient care. Has there been an increase in medical errors? Is there an increase in work-related injuries, absenteeism, tardiness, and staff conflict? Use the answers to these questions in conjunction with the data you collect about physical causes of fatigue to compile a complete picture of your work environment.

That's all for this week!

All the best,

Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN



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