The Impact Of Work Environments On Mental Health In The Nursing Workplace

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Increasingly mental health issues are being raised in the workplace. Job stresses are being recognised as affecting the overall wellbeing of the registered nurse, which in turn affects the quality of care given to patients. This paper is going to critically discuss the impact of work environments on mental health, and the elements in the workplace that affect staff. This paper will also examine the early warning signs of poor mental health and risk factors that can lead to poor mental health. Specifically this paper will focus on bullying in the workplace and shift work. It will also critically discuss the implementation of staff education and mindfulness strategies implemented in the workplace to improve mental health promotion in the nursing …show more content…
A healthy work environment supports workers physically, psychologically and environmentally. According to Harvey et al. (2014) employers that create healthy work environments see numerous benefits in the work performance of their staff. Shirey (2006) explains the dimensions of healthy work environments. It is essential that members of staff are treated fairly, respectfully and are valued. In a healthy work environment, it is also crucial that there be a strong sense of trust amongst all employees within the organisation. The organisation should endeavour to empowers workers to be effective decision makers and provide the recourse to enable professional development and growth (Shirey, 2006). It is also important to have a supportive culture of collaboration and communication within a workplace. A healthy work environment is also based upon the organization acknowledging staff members as assets, and making decisions accordingly. Healthy work environments have a sense of family and caring. Lastly, Shirey (2006) notes that the most important element of a healthy work environment is the feeling of physical safety. Ritter (2011) and Morton (2015) concur that a culture of communication, participation, shared decision making, professional development recognition and leadership create a healthy work environment. Healthy work environments are essential to the success of an …show more content…
Mindfulness is purposefully focussing on the present environment rather than focussing on the things that cannot be change, or of things that have yet to happen (Horner et al. 2014). Nurses who have experienced stress or any burnout symptoms have had improved health outcomes when taught to practice mindfulness as a strategy. They have shown to have less stress and negative health outcomes than those who do not (Horner et al. 2014). Mindfulness can support improving physical, emotional, and psychosocial wellbeing in nurses (White, 2014). White (2014) explains that mindfulness can help translate health promotion from theory to practice. Mindfulness also helps nurses to build resilience to stressful situations in the workplace. Smith (2014) explains that the use of mindfulness considerably increases the coping skills in nurses. However, Smith (2014) also noted that there needs to be more research on practicing nurses conducted, as many studies are not focussed on that area and rather nurses aids and non-clinical

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