Stress and coping in Australian nurses: A systematic review

Lim, J., Bogossian, F. and Ahern, K. (2010) Stress and coping in Australian nurses: A systematic review. International Nursing Review, 57 1: 23-31. doi:10.1111/j.1466-7657.2009.00765.x

Author Lim, J.
Bogossian, F.
Ahern, K.
Title Stress and coping in Australian nurses: A systematic review
Journal name International Nursing Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1466-7657
Publication date 2010-03
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2009.00765.x
Volume 57
Issue 1
Start page 23
End page 31
Total pages 9
Editor Jane Robinson
Place of publication Geneva, Switzerland
Publisher Blackwell Science
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
920210 Nursing
1110 Nursing
Formatted abstract
Aim: To identify factors that contribute to stress in Australian nurses, consider the coping strategies they use and examine the effects of stressors on nurses’ health and well-being.

Background: Stress is a major concern in the nursing profession with work overload, nurse shortages and high turnover rates as the common stressors. Although nursing stress has been studied extensively, there is a lack of clarity on the nursing situation in Australia.

Methods: A systematic review of the current literature was conducted on stress and coping strategies within the Australian nursing population.

Results: Stressors included work overload, role conflicts and experiences of aggression. Coping strategies included seeking support, problem solving and self-control. The majority of the studies reported detrimental effects on nurses’ physical and mental well-being with little consideration given to the spillover effects of
nursing work stress to their family and social relationships.

Conclusion: Recommendations included factoring in personal and work stresses, promoting the use of effective coping strategies and maintaining supportive social relationships.
© 2010 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2010 International Council of Nurses

Keyword Australia
Systematic review
Mental health nurses
Job satisfaction
Demographic characteristics
Cognitive appraisal
Workplace stressors
Nursing stress
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