Objective: The objective of this study was to examine moderators of the negative effects of nurse managers’ stress.
Background: Nurse managers have important and stressful jobs. Stress affects outcomes such as job satisfaction and intent to quit.
Methods: A quantitative, cross-sectional survey design was used to obtain a convenience sample to examine which factors buffered negative effects of stress.
Results: Nurse managers reported high levels of stress, although stress decreased with age. Autonomy was the most effective buffer, followed by social support and predictability.
Conclusions: Nurse managers should be offered autonomy and encouraged to seek support from supervisors and coworkers to reduce the negative effects of stress.
Author Affiliations: Assistant Professor (Dr Kath), Department of Psychology, College of Sciences; Professor–Nursing Leadership Chair (Dr Stichler), School of Nursing; Associate Professor (Dr Ehrhart), Department of Psychology, College of Sciences, San Diego State University, California.
The authors declare no conflict of interest.
Correspondence: Dr Kath, 5500 Campanile Dr, MC-4611, San Diego, CA 92182-4611 ( firstname.lastname@example.org).