The objective of this study was to examine moderators of the negative effects of nurse managers’ stress.
Nurse managers have important and stressful jobs. Stress affects outcomes such as job satisfaction and intent to quit.
A quantitative, cross-sectional survey design was used to obtain a convenience sample to examine which factors buffered negative effects of stress.
Nurse managers reported high levels of stress, although stress decreased with age. Autonomy was the most effective buffer, followed by social support and predictability.
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).