Identification of stressors related to emergency department employment
When compared to other units in acute care facilities, the Emergency Department has been identified by many researchers as the most stressful. Staff in the Emergency Department are faced with many stressors that can lead to burnout and staff shortage. Although stress related to Emergency work has often been discuss specific stressors have not always been identified through research, or studies appear in isolation with no synthesized source easily available. The purpose of this study was to identify stressors related to employment in the Emergency Department that have been validated by research. Using the methodology of a synthesized literature review, 29 research studies, primarily published from 1996-2002, were included. Stressors identified include verbal and physical violence, communication (with patients, families and colleagues), the Emergency Department environment, misuse of the Emergency Department, bed shortage, work overload, poor job structure, work schedule, staff shortage, and inexperience, although findings related to latter varied. Lower stress levels were associated with recognition and appreciation, membership in professional organizations and/or certification and being married. No association was found in relation to gender or income. Limitations are identified and recommendations for applying findings of this study to education, practice, and future research studies are offered.
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Smith, Frances B.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
College of Health and Public Affairs
Dissertations, Academic -- Health and Public Affairs;Health and Public Affairs -- Dissertations, Academic;Hospitals -- Emergency services;Hospitals -- Medical staff
Length of Campus-only Access
Honors in the Major Thesis
Duffy, Brianne Michelle, "Identification of stressors related to emergency department employment" (2003). HIM 1990-2015. 324.