Alleviating stress in the workplace: advice for nurses
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Alleviating stress in the workplace: advice for nurses

Kerri Wright Honorary staff counsellor, Occupational Health and Well being, Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey

Stress is an inherent and arguably essential aspect of the nurse’s role, with ongoing challenges associated with providing care for patients and their families. However, the level of stress currently being experienced in health care exceeds the capacity of many nurses, resulting in ill health and burnout. This stress can undermine the care and compassion nurses are able to give, a vital concern in health care which was highlighted by the Francis inquiry. This article explores the factors that contribute to stress and the strategies that can be used to alleviate the stresses inherent in nursing.

Nursing Standard. 28, 20,37-42. doi: 10.7748/ns2014.01.28.20.37.e8391

Received: 02 October 2013

Accepted: 18 October 2013

Published in print: 15 January 2014

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review