Nursing is a demanding profession.
The critical nature of the work has the potential for serious injury to others if a nurse is careless for even a moment.
“Nurses are short-handed, understaffed, and overworked.
We are only an accidental needle stick or body fluid splash injury away from exposure to deadly diseases.
We get aches and pains from lifting and tugging on people bigger than we are. We watch people die. We see families grieve.
Often we work double shifts to meet the needs when staffing is overstretched. We are tired.
Yet we love nursing – most days. But we need support and help to cope.”
(Turley, 2005b) Nursing Economics.
The physical and mental wellbeing of nurses can be significantly impacted by these repeated challenges and can lead to stress, burnout, fatigue and even panic attacks.
The stress levels involved with the work can cause nurses to reduce hours, move to a less stressful part of nursing or leave the health care industry alltogether.
What can be done to help nurses deal with stress?
What are your thoughts? How do you cope?