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Workplace Stress

1.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the extent of workplace stress; compare and contrast job stress and job burnout; identify the causes of job stress; discuss the extent of workplace violence and horizontal violence; identify health effects of workplace stress; and list ways to reduce job stress.
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For most individuals, the workplace is ever changing and a major source of daily stress. As a result, the economic and personal health effects of workplace stress are at epidemic levels, making it one of the most important health challenges of the 21st century.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the extent of workplace stress.
  • Compare and contrast job stress and job burnout.
  • Identify causes of job stress.
  • Discuss the extent of workplace violence (including horizontal violence).
  • Describe ways to reduce the incidence of workplace violence.
  • Identify health effects of workplace stress.
  • List ways to reduce workplace stress.

The nature of work today is changing at whirlwind speed. Rapidly changing technology, national and international economic pressures, shifting demographics, and global environmental concerns make the nature of work an evolving process—one that requires workers to constantly keep up or risk failing or being replaced.

Americans place a great emphasis on their work and career, but hard work, or working in a stressful environment, should not be confused with overworking at the expense of relationships and physical health. Now more than ever before, job stress poses a real threat to the health of workers and to many organizations. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] (2014), job stress has become a common and costly problem in the American workplace, leaving very few workers unscathed. Work-related stress is considered a global issue, as well, affecting the health of workers, organizations, and even entire countries (World Health Organization [WHO], 2004).

According to the CDC (2014) workplace stress is widespread.

A more extensive review of workplace stress reveals even more alarming statistics:

  • One-fourth (25 percent) of employees in the United States view their job as the number one stressor in their lives (CDC, 2014).
  • Fifty-one percent of employees said they are less productive at work as a result of stress (American Psychological Association [APA] Practice Organization, 2013).
  • Forty-four percent of U.S. workers have gained weight in their current job and nearly one-third say that work-related stress contributed to their weight gain (CareerBuilder Inc., 2010).
  • Three-fourths (75 percent) of U.S. employees believe that on-the-job stress is greater today than it was a generation ago (CDC, 2014).
  • Job stress from all sources results in U.S. industries spending more than $300 billion a year as a result of absenteeism, turnover, diminished productivity, and medical, legal, and insurance expenses (Smith, 2012).
  • Problems at work are more strongly associated with health complaints than are any other life stressor, including family or financial problems (CDC, 2014).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences


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Content Focus:

Occupational Therapy Process

Course Expires:

December 06, 2019

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.