Healthcare Workers: Work Stress & Mental Health

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NIOSH Seeks Input to Support Health Worker Mental Health

We want to hear from you! NIOSH is seeking input on existing and potential occupational safety and health interventions, services, and research in progress that are focused on approaches to preventing stress and improving the mental health and well-being of health workers. Learn moreexternal icon and submit your comments by November 26, 2021.

Work Stress & Mental Health

Work stress includes the harmful physical and emotional responses that happen when the requirements of a job do not match the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker. Work stress can lead to poor mental and physical health. Mental health includes a person’s psychological, emotional, and social well-being and affects how we feel, think, and act.

Workers providing health services have always faced challenges—or stress—as part of their jobs. This stress can come from difficult working conditions including heavy workloads, unpredictable schedules, engagement in emotionally charged situations, risk for hazardous personal exposures and harm, and other challenges at work. The pandemic has exacerbated these challenges. To prevent potential adverse mental health outcomes including stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, burnout, substance use disorders, and suicide, this page provides important information training, and resources for employers and workers.

Training

NIOSH Training for Nurses on Shift Work and Long Work Hours

This online training can help nurses, their managers, and others with a health science background understand and cope with the demands of shift work and long work hours. Parts 1 and 2 of the course each take about 1.5 hours each to complete. Employers are encouraged to provide work time to employees to complete this training. Continuing education certificates are available.

Resources by Topic

Resources

    Literature Review

  • NIOSHTIC-2 is a searchable bibliographic database of occupational safety and health publications, documents, grant reports, and journal articles supported in whole or in part by NIOSH.
  • NIOSHTIC-2 search results on Stress are based on keywords related to stress and healthcare.

Resources

Blog

Literature Review

  • NIOSHTIC-2 a searchable bibliographic database of occupational safety and health publications, documents, grant reports, and journal articles supported in whole or in part by NIOSH.
  • NIOSHTIC-2 search results on Fatigue are based on keywords related to fatigue and healthcare.

Resources

 Literature Review

  • NIOSHTIC-2 is a searchable bibliographic database of occupational safety and health publications, documents, grant reports, and journal articles supported in whole or in part by NIOSH.
  • NIOSHTIC-2 search results on Burnout are based on keywords related to burnout and healthcare.

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Resources

Literature Review

  • NIOSHTIC-2 is a searchable bibliographic database of occupational safety and health publications, documents, grant reports, and journal articles supported in whole or in part by NIOSH.
  • NIOSHTIC-2 search results on Substance Use are based on keywords related to substance use and healthcare.

Resources

Blog

Scientific Articles

Literature Review

  • NIOSHTIC-2 a searchable bibliographic database of occupational safety and health publications, documents, grant reports, and journal articles supported in whole or in part by NIOSH.
  • NIOSHTIC-2 search results on Suicide are based on keywords related to suicide and healthcare.
Page last reviewed: June 30, 2016