Stress In Nursing

The stressful nature of nursing has been studied by many, and the effects of stress on sickness, retention, and health is well documented. The most often listed causes of stress in nursing are workload, conflicts with peers and doctors, shift patterns, management style, and the emotional demands of the nurse patient relationship. However, the experience, skills and coping mechanisms of the individual nurse have a big impact on perception of stress and resilience.

Nurses can develop their resilience by increasing their coping mechanisms and hardiness. Stress management , assertiveness, time management , and social problem solving skills training, have been shown to be effective in enhancing resilience and stress coping mechanisms among nurses. Social networks and support have also proven useful stress buffering methods.

Public sector services are facing difficult times in the amidst cuts in spending, This is likely to have an impact on the demands on nurses, the roles they occupy and even keeping their jobs. Levels of stress are bound to rise. The Health and Safety Executive has published guidelines on stress risk assessment in the workplace setting out standards to be achieved. Employers will have to consider provision of stress management training for managers and nurses. Some studies suggest that a high percentage of nurses fail to seek help until symptoms are severe. Be proactive, don't wait, work on your hardiness and resilience and protect your own well being, Put your self first this time.

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