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Depression Is Common In Nursing

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Please review the research below on the challenges of occupational stress for nursing home staff.

Harvard School of Public Health – Depression in nursing home workers linked to work-family stress

  • “Symptoms of depression are common among low-wage nursing home employees. The researchers found financial strain, concerns about running out of food at home, and preoccupation at work with troubles at home were among the stressors contributing to nearly double the rate of depression among the workers compared to their peers who did not have such stress.”
  • See the following link. Harvard School of Public Health

NCBI, U.S. National Library of Medicine – Occupational stress amongst care staff working in nursing homes:

  • “Major stressors were found to be ‘unsatisfactory wages’, ‘shortage of essential resources’, ‘not enough staff per shift’, ‘feeling undervalued by management’, ‘lifting heavy patients’ and ‘working with colleagues who are happy to let others do the work.”
  • Please see the following link. NCBI, U.S. National Library of Medicine

Journal of Applied Gerontology – Stress in Nursing Home Staff

  • “A large number of factors affect occupational stress, from workplace issues such as institutional policies and residents’ disabilities to the personal lives of the nursing staff. The stress in turn causes work dissatisfaction, followed by staff intent to leave, resulting in increased turnover.”
  • Please see the following link. Journal of Applied Gerontology

Oxford University Press – Work Stressors and the Quality of Life in Long-Term Care Units

  • “Structural factors may in turn affect employee work stressors and job performance. A growing body of evidence suggests that work stressors adversely affect health-care staff job performance and thus influence the quality of care received by or the quality of life of the patients.”
  • Please see the following link. Oxford University Press – The Gerontologist,
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