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How nurse leaders can support staff going through the menopause
Wendy Norton Senior Lecturer in health and social care (sexual health), Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University, Leicester, England
Penny Tremayne Senior Lecturer in adult nursing, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University, Leicester, England
• To recognise the multifaceted effects of the menopause on the health and well-being of women, including in their working lives
• To understand the need for a workplace culture that supports women experiencing menopausal symptoms
• To familiarise yourself with the recommendations of professional bodies on improving working conditions for staff going through the menopause
The menopause is a normal biological stage in a woman’s life that is often accompanied by physical and psychological symptoms, such as hot flushes and low mood. Symptoms vary widely between women, and can be unpleasant, burdensome and distressing. Many women going through the menopause remain in employment and some will experience symptoms that adversely affect them in their working lives. Menopausal symptoms can also be exacerbated by work and working conditions.
This article describes the common symptoms of the menopause and how they may affect women at work, including nurses, as well as discussing what nurse leaders, employers and managers can do to support staff and enable them to continue to work comfortably and productively.
Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2019.e1893Peer review
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Norton W, Tremayne P (2019) How nurse leaders can support staff going through the menopause. Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2019.e1893
Published online: 30 December 2019