Work at hospital demands dealing with most of the difficult and stressful conditions found anywhere at job. Workers at hospital such as doctors, nurses and maids have to handle severely and life threatening damages, serious and complicated illnesses, strict schedules, complicated. It also includes out of order machinery and equipment at the peak time of need, complex hierarchy of systems and skills, highly dependent and severe patients, and postmortem of dead bodies and sometimes death of patients in charge. All of the mentioned problems tend to put stress on the worker at hospital.
Stress tends to influence physical and mental health of the worker, migraines, sleeping disorder, emotional imbalance. The social and personal life of the employees also gets disturbed by the tight schedule and overloaded work. Some of the workers start taking drugs and anti depression pills for stress management that has a direct effect on a workers’ health. The relation between the coworkers gets limited and unpleasant due to time and stress management problems (Edwards, & Burnard, pp. 169-200).
In hospitals, workers are found to have anxiety problems. Anxiety lies among the heart of time, and stress management problems occur at any work place. The consequences of anxiety among hospital employees are difficulty in operating severe injuries, deficiency of deliberation for emergency situations and mental instability at handling typical cases (AbuAlRub, pp. 73-78).
There are some possible remedies for managing work stresses successfully at hospital:
- instruct workers and subsequent management about the issues
- take into account work and time related stresses such as workload, lack of resources, improper machinery and equipment, indecent work place.
- arrange meeting to discuss time management issues and take opinions of everyone who encounters the issues.
- organize time and stress management programs
- proper and adequate staffing should be provided
- a well efficient and organized working environment should be established at work place.
- recognizing and taking the actions against any legitimate complaints as per overbearing supervisors and physicians.
- reasonable working schedules should be given to every employee
- the usage of approaches including the relaxation exercises along with biofeedback to mitigate the symptoms of stress until and unless the sources are carefully identified and afterwards evaluated.
- educate employees with individual working exercises for stress relaxation and time, management
- motivational seminars should be arranged to re-energize the workers
- facilitation of cyclic in-service sessions on educational grounds along with other opportunities for improving confidence and skills.
- workers at hospital are meant to provide health and care facilities, but their over scheduled routine effect their performance making them lethargic, anxious and depressed.
Serious issues lay among time and stress management concerns. To deal with these problems a well organized working environment should be established. Responsibilities and role of each employee must be clearly defined to them. Workers should be deputed at reasonable working schedule being within the workers skills and resources. In this lieu, mindfulness exercises have provided to be more than fruitful. To cope up with time and stress management problems initiate with targeting the stressful aspects of works and job design such as overwork schedule, working load, repetitive tasks and eliminating the identified strains (Shapiro et al., p. 168).
Employee Assistance Program including motivational seminars and workshops should be organized within hospitals for workers. An employee assistance programme can progress dealing with the stress related issues of the workers and enhance their abilities to work. These programs are meant for educating workers handling the job, effects of stresses on mental health; enhance interpersonal skills to relieve stress such as time management and relaxation exercises.
AbuAlRub, Raeda Fawzi. "Job stress, job performance, and social support among hospital nurses." Journal of nursing scholarship 36.1 (2004): 73-78.
Edwards, D., and P. Burnard. "A systematic review of stress and stress management interventions for mental health nurses." Journal of advanced nursing 42.2 (2003): 169-200.
Shapiro, Shauna L., et al. "Mindfulness-based stress reduction for health care professionals: results from a randomized trial." International Journal of Stress Management 12.2 (2005): 164.