Nursing is a highly stressful and demanding profession that can negatively affect mental health, as shown by nurses' high rate of depression. Furthermore, Black nurses may experience additional stress due to race-based discrimination in the work environment. This research aimed to examine depression, experiences of race-based discrimination at work, and occupational stress among Black nurses. To better understand associations between these factors, we conducted multiple linear regression analyses to assess whether (1) past-year or lifetime experiences of race-based discrimination at work and occupational stress predicted depressive symptoms; and (2) controlling for depressive symptoms, past-year and lifetime experiences of race-based discrimination at work predicted occupational stress in a cohort of Black registered nurses. All analyses controlled for years of nursing experience, primary nursing practice position, work setting, and work shift. The results indicated that both past-year and lifetime experiences of race-based discrimination on the job were significant predictors of occupational stress. However, experiences of race-based discrimination at work and occupational stress were not significant predictors of depression. The results of the research highlighted the predictive effect of race-based discrimination on occupational stress in Black registered nurses. This evidence can inform the development of organizational and leadership strategies to improve the well-being of Black nurses in the workplace.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Nursing Administration Quarterly|
|State||Published - Mar 3 2023|
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- Occupational Stress/complications