Stress in the Healthcare Workplace


Stress is a common phenomenon in healthcare. Write about stress in healthcare and the impact it can have on employees, organizational performance, the delivery of patient care, etc. Identify and describe the different kinds of stress that can occur. Discuss why stress in a healthcare environment may be more of a pressing issue as compared to other industries (be sure to address factors, such as, professional hierarchy, personalities, ethnicity, gender, etc.). Describe if / how employee burnout (due to stress) is impacting the delivery of care. Once you have written about stress in the workplace, identify some best practices to alleviate the negative effects of stress in the workplace. How should managers behave so that employees experience less stress on the job? Ground all your work in existing theory. What strategies can the organization use so that the employees experience less stress on the job? This write-up has to be supported by current facts and literature. Possible Deliverables • What does the healthcare environment look like currently? • Why is stress more prevalent in healthcare? What impact can it have on an organization, employees, and patients. • Define stress – when is it good and when is it bad? • What can administrators do to address employee stress? What can employees do to better manage stress? • Using established theories to describe stress in a healthcare environment