Healthcare Stressors

Healthcare Stressors

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Individuals specializing in offering healthcare support get affected by varying issues or stressors emanating from their field of work. Such practices result from the working condition or environment and end up affecting their entire life. Organizations like the American Medicine Association (AMA Alliance) specialize in ensuring that individual physicians after delivering evidence-based practice (EBP) have a better personal life. This paper highlights the issue of occupational stress and works burnout.

Burnout is a condition which generally affects individuals as a result of working conditions. Embriaco, 2007 postulates that about 50% of healthcare physicians get affected by work burnout. Burnout and occupational stress generally emanate from long working hours and heavy workload disposed to physicians within their working areas.

Every work setting has its own effects and working terms which affect physicians. The case of occupational stress and burnout is something individuals working in demanding facilities cannot evade. In most cases, individuals working with chronic diseases may fall in the trap of burnout and occupational stress if not well considered (Van Ryn et al., 2011). In my work setting, same cases may arise due to the high workload and expected long working hours. Physician in the facility has to dedicate about 80% weekly hours to caregiving living little time for family and relaxation.

In my healthcare facility system, the management recognizes the stressors and through the human resource management, they are digging into getting solution for the same issues. Barnard et al., claims that dealing with these stressors is possible through support from the human resource (2006). My health system advocate for chances of occupational tress arising within the setting. The organization has set strategies whose implementation considers eradicating such stressor from the clinic. Some of the set strategies by the organization include an increasing number of caregivers in order to reduce workload and working hours. Again the organization has set aside mental and physical intervention plan whereby caregivers take time to relax instead of working all hours of the day. They also encourage caregivers to register with healthcare organizations where they can get professional support.

In conclusion, to deliver quality work, individuals require a relaxed mind. With cases of occupational stress and work burnouts, it hard for caregivers or clinical physicians to deliver EBP services. Medical facilities should consider implementing strategies which help eradicate stressors within the working environment.


Barnard, D., Street, A., & Love, A. W. (2006). Relationships between stressors, work supports, and burnout among cancer nurses. Cancer Nursing29(4), 338-345.

Embriaco, N., Papazian, L., Kentish-Barnes, N., Pochard, F., &Azoulay, E. (2007). Burnout syndrome among critical care healthcare workers. Current opinion in critical care13(5), 482-488.

Van Ryn, M., Sanders, S., Kahn, K., Van Houtven, C., Griffin, J. M., Martin, M., …& Rowland, J. (2011). Objective burden, resources, and other stressors among informal cancer caregivers: a hidden quality issue?. Psychooncology20(1), 44-52.

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