Stress 101 - Online Inservice

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 90% of all physician visits are stress-related. It is important for health professionals to understand the dynamics of stress, how stress contributes to illness, and what to do to change stress habits. In this course, healthcare professionals will be able to identify how the stress response works, the different kinds of stress, and many strategies for releasing stress quickly and also handling chronic stress and specifically stress in the workplace. The outcome of this class is that the nurse aide will have more awareness and skill in identifying, understanding, and handling all kinds of stressors more effectively for self and for patients/clients.

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Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Define in one word the basic nature of stress.
  2. Name two kinds of stress.
  3. List three stages of the stress response.
  4. List three basic (primitive) responses to stress. 
  5. Identify how chronic stress contributes to chronic illness. 
  6. State the one cause for all stress. 
  7. List at least three actions to reduce stress quickly. 
  8. Identify at least one strategy to break the chronic stress cycle. 
  9. Identify at least two ways stress impacts work performance. 


Chapter 1: Introduction

  • Definition of stress
  • Kinds of stress

Chapter 2: The Stress Response

  • Three basic responses to stress
  • Purpose of the stress response
  • Three stages of the stress response
  • Primary hormones activated in the stress response

Chapter 3: Stress Symptoms

  • Positive effect of stress
  • Physical symptoms of stress
  • Emotional and mental symptoms of stress
  • Chronic effects of stress on health

Chapter 4: Cause for Distress

  • The one cause for all stress
  • Categories of stressors
  • Time Stressors
  • Natural Stressors
  • Holmes and Rahe Scale
  • People Stressors
  • Money Stressors

Chapter 5: Dealing Effectively with Stress (Photo 12-Stress-Pencil)

  • Stress Reduction Strategies for
  • Body
  • Mind
  • Emotions
  • Spirit
  • Relationships
  • Chronic Stress

Chapter 6: How to Break the Chronic Stress Cycle

  • 3 Steps to breaking the cycle of chronic stress

Chapter 7: Strategies for Handling Work Stress

  • Causes for work stress
  • Strategies for handling work stress
  • Thoughts
  • Feelings
  • Choices

Price: $10.00

Contact Hour: 1

Course Author

Capra Garrison

Capra Garrison, Registered Nurse, has more than 33 years of experience in infusion therapy and the instruction of licensed nurses in infusion therapy continuing education. Her experience comes from multiple infusion settings: acute care, ambulatory infusion centers, home infusion, long term care continuing education provider, and long term care pharmacy quality assurance consultant.

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Course Accreditation

Provider approved by the California Department of Public Health, Nurse Aide Certification (NAC) #: 7046.  This document must be retained by the certified nurse assistant for a period of four years after the course completion. Provider approved by the Florida and Wyoming Boards of Nursing-Certified Nursing Assistants, CE Broker Provider #: 50-13256.

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