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Stress Management Tips for Nurses

Stress Management For Nurses

All workplaces can become breeding grounds for stress – that’s just a truth in the world we live in. Many workplaces have introduced their own measures to reduce their staff’s stress levels. Here at the LearnPRN office we bring our dogs to the office. Nothing calms you down after a morning of deadlines quite like a dog at your feet. However, we think there might be an infection control issue or two in bringing dogs to work if you’re a nurse! Therefore, we wanted to look at some effective tips for nurses to reduce their stress in the workplace.

Firstly, it goes without saying that prevention of workplace stress should be everyone’s top priority. Work-related stress not only negatively effects the employee, but also the employer and the economy. Did you know that it is the 2nd most common compensated illness/injury in Australia? The ANMF’s policy on Workplace Stress Prevention lists a number of work-related stress hazards that preventative measures should be focused on, including:

  • Task design
  • Realistic expectation from employers and patients
  • Work scheduling
  • Degree of control over work
  • Job security
  • Organisational culture

While employers should take steps to prevent stress in their workplaces, we’ve compiled some ideas that individual nurses can use to help themselves.

  1. Practice relaxation techniques – some people mediate, some people colour in, or perhaps you simply breathe in and count to 10. You’ll be surprised how quickly a relaxation routine can help you
  2. Set yourself realistic goals and expectations. Nurses have a tendency to want to be everything for everyone, this is just setting yourself up for stress!
  3. Find the resources – knowledge is the key here, there are resources out there to help you, whatever your situation is.
  4. Exercise regularly – sigh. We know this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but the research is clear: regular exercise increases your mood and decreases stress
  5. Be honest with your thoughts – could you be overgeneralizing or making assumptions? If there is a conflict at work, make a plan to tackle it and challenge the way you’re thinking about the situation.
  6. Spend time with family and friends – make sure you do the things you like to do on your days off!


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