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Staff stress on an Alzheimer's unit
Journal of psychosocial nursing and mental health services
  • Paula Mobily, University of Iowa
  • Meridean Maas, University of Iowa
  • Kathleen C. Buckwalter, University of Iowa
  • Lisa Skemp Kelley, University of Iowa
Document Type
Peer Reviewed
Publication Date
NLM Title Abbreviation
J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv
PubMed ID
Nurses working with the elderly encounter many complex and potentially stressful care situations. Nowhere is this more true than for nursing home staff who work in highly demanding, labor- and client-intensive jobs. A number of factors contribute to the high levels of stress found among nurses who work with the elderly, including continual exposure to physical and emotional pathology and death, and conflict with families, co-workers, supervisors, and representatives from other departments or professions (Goldin, 1985; Klus, 1980). When the stress level in a long-term care facility becomes overwhelming, role conflict, ambiguity, poor self-esteem, and burnout may ensue (Goldin, 1985; Heine, 1986; Klus, 1980; Morrow-Winn, 1985). The process of burnout is characterized by a progressive loss of idealism, energy, and purpose that eventually leads to emotional overextension and exhaustion (Price, 1984).
  • Adult,
  • Alzheimer Disease/nursing,
  • Burnout,
  • Professional/epidemiology/etiology/prevention & control,
  • Female,
  • Hospitals,
  • Veterans,
  • Humans,
  • Iowa/epidemiology,
  • Male,
  • Nursing Homes,
  • Nursing Staff,
  • Hospital/education/psychology,
  • Psychiatric Nursing/methods,
  • Questionnaires,
  • Self-Help Groups/organization & administration
Published Article/Book Citation
Journal of psychosocial nursing and mental health services, 30:9 (1992) pp.25-31.
Citation Information
Paula Mobily, Meridean Maas, Kathleen C. Buckwalter and Lisa Skemp Kelley. "Staff stress on an Alzheimer's unit" Journal of psychosocial nursing and mental health services Vol. 30 Iss. 9 (1992) p. 25 - 31 ISSN: 0279-3695
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