Healthcare Workers: Work Stress & Mental Health
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.
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
- CDC: Healthcare Personnel and First Responders: How to Cope with Stress and Build Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- NIOSH: Stress at Work
- NIOSH: Exposure to Stress: Occupational Hazards in Hospitals
- Managing Fatigue During Times of Crisis: Guidance for Nurses, Managers, and Other Healthcare Workers
- National Academy of Medicine: Systems Approaches to Improve Patient Care by Supporting Clinician Well-Being – National Academy of Medicine (nam.edu)external icon
- SAMHSA: Fact Sheets on Preventing Prescription Abuse in the Workplaceexternal icon
Several fact sheets that cover prescription abuse in the workplace. Information for both employers and workers.
- SAMHSA: Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Prescription Drug Toolkit and Fact Sheetsexternal icon
This toolkit and fact sheets provide guidance related to counseling, referrals, and follow-up services.
- NIOSH: Opioids in the Workplace
- NIOSH: Workplace Supported Recovery Program
- NIOSH: Resources related to the Opioid Crisis
- Notes from the Field: Prevalence of Risk Factors for Suicide Among Veterinarians – US 2014
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: February 2015 / 64(05):131-132