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Nurse stressors: It's not just patient volume and acuity

from HealthLeaders Media

Patient volume and acuity play a role in a nurse's ability to provide optimal care, but they aren't the only factors, a new study shows. Researchers at Ohio State University found that a nurse's "subjective workload" — which could include everything from the mental pressures of the job to relentless time constraints — affects their ability to provide optimal care, no matter how many patients they're attending.The study, in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, calls for developing broader workload strategies to ease nurses' stress and improve care quality. more

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