The relationship between workplace stress, coping strategies and health status in New Zealand nurses

Huntington, A., Bidewell, J., Gilmour, J., Chang, E., Daly, J., Wilson, H., Lambert, V. and Lambert, C. (2008) The relationship between workplace stress, coping strategies and health status in New Zealand nurses. Journal of Occupational Health and Safety, 24 2: 131-141.


Author Huntington, A.
Bidewell, J.
Gilmour, J.
Chang, E.
Daly, J.
Wilson, H.
Lambert, V.
Lambert, C.
Title The relationship between workplace stress, coping strategies and health status in New Zealand nurses
Journal name Journal of Occupational Health and Safety   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0815-6409
Publication date 2008-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 24
Issue 2
Start page 131
End page 141
Total pages 11
Place of publication North Ryde, N.S.W., Australia
Publisher CCH Australia
Language eng
Subject C1
920210 Nursing
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
1110 Nursing
Abstract This study was part of an international project examining workplace stress among nurses and their coping strategies, and the relationship between stress, coping and health in the Asia-Pacific region. The aim of the present study was to identify dominant workplace stressors for New Zealand nurses, their most used coping strategies, and variables that best predict their mental and physical health. Postal surveys were sent to 190 randomly selected New Zealand nurses employed in clinical areas. Workload was the most common stressor, while 'planful' problem solving, seeking social support, and self controlling were the most frequently used ways of coping. The link between stressors such as workload and reduced mental health is concerning, especially as effective coping strategies such as problem solving are already predominantly used by nurses. The findings suggest that nurses' mental health could benefit from a workload that minimises stress, and from increased support in the workplace and encouragement of planned problem solving.
Keyword Workplace stress
Mental health
Nursing
New Zealand
Physical health
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2009 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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