Workplace stress can harm people no matter what profession they work in, but nurses, home health aides, and others may be overlooked. It is assumed they put in hours because they love it, and love to help people, while they also do it with a smile. After a while, doing exams, lifting patients, dealing with ornery people in pain, and implementing care can be taxing. The demands and challenges and lack of on-site training might relieve stress temporarily but do not, ultimately, cure what ails nurses in the end.
Substance Abuse Challenges
Substance abuse, prescription medication, and other issues among nursing staff can come from stress on the job. Seeing chronically ill people, people in pain and those in constant need can be draining. Mental health issues can pop up with might be a barrier to treatment for some who fear the stigma of not being able to perform on the job in spite of the challenges. Treatment for addiction can be hard to find because of the fear of jeopardizing their credentials and licensing. Other issues that may come up as a result of stress on the job include:
- Diminished work performance
- Unrealistic views of the nurse inside of the patient relationship (superhero syndrome)
- Potential risk to the patient
Hospitals, nursing homes, and home health care agencies provide rigorous screening, help those in need and provide therapeutic support systems. To deal with things at work takes a holistic approach. The healthcare setting seems an odd place to talk about the lack of health care for nurses and staff, but oftentimes, they are overlooked. Mental illness is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign something else is going on. Perhaps trauma from the past, current trauma on the job, being triggered by the environment, stress, and other issues which may cause the challenges that nurses medicate for using drugs or alcohol. All these things make it difficult for a person to negotiate a healing environment for themselves or their patients.
The best thing nurses and staff can do is to find support for their challenges in treatment. This means finding addiction and mental health support in a treatment center that provides the necessary help while supporting nurses to maintain credentials and keep their jobs, when possible. All these key elements can help nurses feel supported, along with staff, bosses, and loved ones standing by their side as they find help and heal.
The Last Resort is a safe space to be vulnerable and heal from addiction. We have an excellent program for professionals that focuses on treating doctors, lawyers, nurses, practitioners of all kinds, and those who are executives in the business world. We help you find healing from addiction and not jeopardize confidentiality or careers. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.