Ohio State study shows dramatic stress reduction among ICU nurses
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) May 2015 – More than 40 percent of Americans say their job is “very” or “extremely” stressful, which not only costs our economy billions of dollars each year, it also takes a significant toll on our health.
“People are getting sick. They have headaches, gastrointestinal problems, anxiety and depression. In fact, a million people a day in America don’t go to work because they’re too stressed out,” said Maryanna Klatt, PhD, an associate professor of clinical family medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “We hear a lot about burnout and stress, but nobody gives us coping strategies for the problem,” she said.
To see if she could help reduce on-the-job stress, Klatt studied employees in one of the most stressful work environments anywhere – the surgical intensive care unit at a major medical center. There, she trained nurses to do some simple techniques to manage stress on the spot. After eight weeks, she analyzed their saliva and found that a chemical related to stress had been reduced 40 percent.
To learn more about the study and some simple techniques you can use, click on the video box to the left. For the full press release “click to read more” below.