Stress in psychiatric nursing: fact or fiction?
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Stress in psychiatric nursing: fact or fiction?

Denis Ryan Nursing Practice Development Coordinator (Mental Health Services), South Eastern Health Board, Waterford, Ireland
Ethel Quayle Senior Lecturer, Department of Applied Psychology, National University of Ireland, Cork

Psychiatric nurses are not as stressed in their work as most research seems to indicate. The stress that does exist relates to organisational, rather than work-related matters. However, this study recommends that further investigations need to be conducted to address the needs of those who are reporting unacceptably high levels of stress.

Nursing Standard. 14, 8,32-35. doi: 10.7748/ns1999.11.14.8.32.c2708

Published in print: 10 November 1999