Many jobs carry a certain level of stress. While some professions have the potential to be more stressful than others, the way that managers structure their employees’ working environment can play a big part in minimizing stress. The experience of stress is normal to some degree, but when a person is dealing with high levels of stress, it can affect their health and make it difficult for them to lead normal lives.
If you are dealing with high amounts of stress due to your occupation as a nurse, it may be necessary for you to seek medical attention and to take time off work to recover. Doing these things, however, will impact you financially, and this is why it is important to seek workers’ compensation.
What causes nurses to suffer from occupational stress?
There are many reasons why nurses may suffer from occupational stress. One reason is due to systematic understaffing. Often nurses have to take on an extremely high workload that can lead them to feel overworked and extremely stressed. They may be worried about making mistakes or not fulfilling the full extent of their duties because they have so many of them.
In addition, nurses have to deal with huge responsibilities daily. While other workers might be stressed about financial budgets or customer satisfaction, nurses are worried about life or death complications and maintaining standards to quite literally save lives.
What compensation can nurses claim when they are suffering from occupational stress?
To successfully claim workers’ compensation for occupational stress, you will first need to show that the stress you are suffering from was caused in the workplace rather than in your personal life. If you see a psychologist, psychiatrist or counselor, they may be able to provide statements to enforce this claim.
If you can show that the stress you are suffering from was caused in your workplace and that you suffered financially as a result, you will need to take action in good time to claim damages. If your claim is successful, you will receive compensation for all necessary medical expenses, and you will be able to get back a portion of the wages you lost.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by your profession as a nurse and have taken time off to deal with stress, take action to get workers’ compensation.