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Effects of stress on nursing integrity

Bryan McIntosh Associate professor of international business, Richmond University, Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey
Bruce Sheppy Associate professor of marketing, Richmond University, Richmond-upon-Thames, Surrey

This article looks at the relationship between stress, nursing integrity and patient care. It has been argued that the professional integrity of nurses has been eroded and consequently they have become more susceptible to anxiety, stress and exhaustion, potentially affecting care delivery. The authors suggest that the goal of providing high professional standards is threatened by increased service demands, and there is therefore a need for nurses to develop effective coping strategies to manage stress resulting from competing tensions in the workplace.

Nursing Standard. 27, 25, 35-39. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 10 September 2012

Accepted: 22 November 2012