Workplace Psychological Health among Canadian Nurses

David Gavin Martin

ABSTRACT

Due to the demanding nature of their work, nurses are at higher risk of developing work-related psychological distress and associated psychological illness when compared to the general Canadian workforce. Nurses experience high levels of physical and psychological injury, job burnout and depression, which are associated with increased levels of absenteeism, disability claims and compromised patient care. We advocate for improvements to workplace psychological health for Canadian nurses at an organizational level. This is an occupational health and safety matter that has the potential to enhance both nurse and patient health.

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Martin, DG. Workplace Psychological Health among Canadian Nurses. UBCMJ. 2015; 6(2):30-32.