Overview As nurses, we all have a case that defined you as a nurse. This is usually a case with a bad or potential bad outcome. How has this case affected you and your practice? How do you deal with stress? Stress affects all body systems and can make you quite ill. As nurses, we want to take care of our patients, but do we actually take care of ourselves? In this Module, you will be exploring stress and how it effects your job, and life. Read Additional Resources: Maloney, C. (2012). Critical incident stress debriefing and pediatric nurses: An approach to support the work environment and mitigate negative consequences. Pediatric Nursing, 38(2), 110-3. Mealer, M. L., Shelton, A., Berg, B., Rothbaum, B., & Moss, M. (2007). Increased prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in critical care nurses. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 175(7), 693-7. Templeton, D. (2015, Feb 27). Hospital treats nursing stress with ‘mindfulness’ workshops. McClatchy – Tribune News Service. American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA). (2018). Holistic stress management for nurses. American Psychological Association (APA). (2018). Stress effects on the body. Das, S., & Baby, P. (2014). Correlation between organizational stress and job satisfaction among registered nurses in selected hospital. Asian Journal of Nursing Education and Research, 4(1), 45-49. Discussion Question: As nurses, we need to find effective ways to handle our stress. Explain how stress has affected you personally. (I provided some personal experiences) My first seven years working in the Oncology unit, I had difficulty disconnecting myself. I would come home thinking of the patients even on my days off. I left the specialty for three years and worked med-surge. I came back and somehow learned to disconnect myself. People will ask, how can I work Oncology, saying its sad. This is my calling; I know it sounds like a cliché, but I enjoy it. I personally have experienced muscle tension, insomnia and headaches How do you manage stress in your life? Monthly massages, acupuncture, andaromatherapy Are there other activities you could incorporate into daily routine to reduce stress? Taking some deep breaths and stretching Your initial posting should be at least 400 words in length
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