Under Pressure: How to Deal with Stressful Nurse Work Environments – ANA Continues to Speak Out Against Harmful Cuts to Health Care. – (866) 348-2889
By Melissa Mills, RN, BSN, CCM, MHA
Stressful nurse work environments are unavoidable at times, and learning to recognize and deal head-on with stress is key to keeping a balanced work-life.
Elizabeth Scala, nurse, author, and keynote speaker says, “It is up to the nurse to partner with the organization to find meaningful and sustainable strategies that relieve stress. And, since no two people are exactly the same, it is up to that unique nurse to figure out what works for them.”
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TIPS FOR NURSE STRESS MANAGEMENT
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.