Tag: Stress

Association of COVID-19 containment policies with children’s mental health

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York Presbyterian, New York City, and the University of California, Berkeley, finds that family financial disruptions caused by COVID-19 containment policies worsened children’s mental health. This analysis included a nationwide cohort of 6,030 US children aged 10 to…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 13, 2023
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Lessening the effects of daylight saving time change

Editor's Note Disrupted sleep rhythms because of the daylight saving time change can throw people off schedule, leading to cumulative sleep loss, the March 9 npr.org reports. Studies have shown there is a higher risk of strokes, heart attacks, high blood pressure, automobile accidents, workplace injuries, and mental health issues…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 13, 2023
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Effect of work stressors on RN exhaustion during COVID-19

Editor's Note This study from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh examines the effect of a stressful work environment (ie, combined effect of a lack of COVID-19-related support and communication, 3 role stressors, and bullying) on RN exhaustion. A total of 169 questionnaires were analyzed (16.6% response rate). Results showed: role overload,…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 7, 2023
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Surveys show pandemic’s effect on mental health

Editor's Note Although most people have largely returned to normal activities, mental health is still a concern, finds surveys conducted between March 2020 and September 2022 by Pew Research Center and other organizations. Among the findings: 41% of adults experienced high levels of psychological distress at some point in the…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 6, 2023
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Prevention strategies for violence against healthcare workers

Much has been written about bullying, lateral violence, cultures of safety, and a healthy work environment. However, little has been written to address the escalation of violence against healthcare workers (HCWs) coming not only from peers but also patients and visitors. Violence against HCWs has increased significantly. A 2022 report…

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By: Elaine Geroski, MSN, RN, CNOR, CSSM(E) and Dawn Whiteside, MSN-Ed, RN, CNOR, NPD-BC, RNFA
February 22, 2023
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Study: Procrastination harms mental, physical health

Editor's Note This study of Swedish university students finds that procrastination is associated with a range of subsequent adverse health outcomes. This analysis included data on 3,525 university students from 8 universities in the greater Stockholm area and Orebro. They were followed-up at 3 time points, and 16 self-reported health…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 26, 2023
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Survey: Work is main cause of anxiety, stress

Editor's Note More than 50% of Americans responding to a survey by Calm Business report feeling anxious, stressed, and sleep deprived, and they cite work as the main cause, the January 24 Employee Benefit News reports. A total of 67% say employers should be responsible for providing mental health support…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 25, 2023
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Physician happiness down since COVID-19 pandemic

Editor's Note Medscape’s 2023 Physician Lifestyle and Happiness Report finds that physician happiness fell during the COVID-19 pandemic and is not rebounding easily, the January 20 Becker’s Hospital Review reports. The survey findings include: 59% of physicians say they are “somewhat” or “very happy,” down from 84% before COVID-19. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 23, 2023
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Effect of COVID-19 added stress on infection preventionists’ wellbeing

Editor's Note This study from Ohio State University researchers finds that infection preventionists (IPs) who worked shorter shifts and had more organizational wellness support had better wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 926 IPs responded to a survey of Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 18, 2023
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Listening to music linked to stress, mood during COVID-19 lockdown

Editor's Note This study from the University of Vienna, Austria, finds that listening to music in daily life during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown was associated with lower stress and better mood. This cohort study of 711 adults living in Austria and Italy was conducted between April 1 and May 8,…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 10, 2023
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