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TIPS FOR NURSE STRESS MANAGEMENT

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TIPS FOR NURSE STRESS MANAGEMENT

Unread post by Kunle Emmanuel » Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:52 pm

Below are 5 tips for nurse stress management that
may be right for you.

1. Practice Purposeful Communication
The American Nurses Association: says a culture of purposeful communication can help with nurse stress management. When staff are able to share emotions openly , stress levels can decrease .
This type of cultural change in the nurse environment is effective
for nurse- to -nurse communication as well as nurse -
to -patient communication . Anytime all parties are
given the ability to communicate openly , there will be
fewer misunderstandings and clearer overall communication.

2. Find a Mentor
The benefit of having a mentor has long been established for new grads . Why stop there ? Mentors are beneficial regardless of how long you have been a nurse .
Mentors are not only good for clinical advice . They can offer advice about interpersonal relationships , nurse- to -nurse communication , and other common stressors in the nurse- work environment . Mentors
can ease the sense of loneliness felt during stress
and teach you ways to cope with a stressful nurse -work environment .

3. Remember , It ’ s Not Personal
Patients and their families are under stress. They view you as an extension of the hospital , not as an individual . If you find yourself in a tense situation , try to stay calm and keep your body l
anguage relaxed. Excuse yourself at the first opportunity to
ensure everyone has enough space to process the situation. Also, consider seeking the advice of the charge nurse when in a very stressful nurse
environment.
“It takes a village, " Scala adds, " yet when the individual nurse works hand -in- hand with their
organization to solve problems pro actively , then
magic happens . ”

4. Self -Care
After working long hours and squeezing in family
time , it can be difficult to recognize the emotional
cost of nursing .
You don't have to run a marathon or change your diet to be healthy ! By scheduling in short blocks of
time for yourself , you can place self- care at the top of your agenda. Here are a few quick tips:
Take a 10- minute break at work. Find a quiet spot ,
practice deep breathing techniques, and just clear your mind .
Exercise for 30 minutes each day.
Eat a healthy , balanced diet .
Pack healthy snacks for busy days at work.
Sleep at the same time each day, regardless of your
schedule.
By implementing these simple tips, you will be better
prepared to deal with stressful nurse environments.

5. Take Time Away Sometimes the best nurse stress management technique is to simply get away for a few days .

Taking vacation allows downtime to invest in your health and well- being.

Practice these nurse stress management tips the
next time you are feeling stressed in your nurse
environment.


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