An aging workforce and high-stress environments have led to more nurses working with their own health problems, which in turn affects productivity. To assess this issue, the authors conducted focus groups with nurses and nurse managers. The authors discuss their findings and their implications for more proactively addressing issues that relate to health problems in nurses and the workplace changes that are needed to support nurses with health problems to ensure patient safety and quality care.
Author Affiliations: Associate Professor (Dr Letvak), Research Assistant (Ms Lane), School of Nursing; Professor (Dr Ruhm), Bryan School of Business, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Correspondence: Dr Letvak, School of Nursing, UNC Greensboro, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402 (Saletvak@uncg.edu).
Funding: This study received funding from the Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.