An ongoing stress management program has been sent free to 3,600 long-term care institutions, to help directors of nursing - and their staffs - handle the occupational stress common to their work. Initial recipients of the LTC Stress Management Series, the response by Parke-Davis to a need defined by directors of nursing across the country, is the membership of the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration.
Central to the program is a video training series that provides systematic techniques to reduce staff tension and anxiety. Classroom scenes in the videotape, "The Power Within," were taped at Roosevelt Nursing, Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center, Edison, NJ, where the series was introduced last October.
The Parke-Davis LongTerm Care Stress Management Series is provided to directors of nursing on a fully complimentary basis. Although there are iittle data on the impact of stress on longterm caregivers, it is estimated that 89% of adults suffer from chronic anxiety caused by the home and work environment and the 60% of all disease states appear to develop, or become more serious more quickly, under stress.