The Stress Factor (04:56)
Three out of four nurses describe stress as an adverse side effect to the profession. Adrenaline, cortisol, and norepinephrine are released when a person is anxious. Common stressors include relationships, personal health, background, living situations, and work.
Common Stressors (05:23)
Learn what causes stress in the nursing profession. Working the night shift leads to increased health risks, unhealthy dietary habits, and additional stressors.
The Physical Impact of Stress (03:24)
Stress causes fatigue, headaches, back and shoulder pain, stomach aches, panic attacks, and insomnia. Chronic stress can lead to permanent changes in blood pressure, a weakened immune system, and increased risk of stroke. Do not use negative coping behaviors to mitigate stress.
The Impact of Stress on Relationships (06:12)
Separate your work from your personal life. Common stress emotions include fear, cynicism, paranoia, depression, jealousy, and isolation. Learn some common coping skills to mitigate stress in the workplace.
Communication and Relaxation Techniques (03:49)
Exercise and good nutrition are essential to combat stress in the workplace. Physical activity lowers feelings of depression and anxiety. Cortisol increases the desire for sugar and fat.
Communication and Relaxation Techniques Continued (06:19)
Establish good communication skills by listening to others with an open mind and stay humble when mistakes occur. Learn the difference between aggressive, passive, and assertive communication. Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, visualization, meditation, and progressive muscle relaxation mitigate stress and increase energy and concentration.
Common stressors include relationships, health issues, finances, and work-related issues. Recognize common symptoms of stress. Implement relaxation techniques, physical activity, nutrition, and assertive communication to combat stress.
Credits: Stress and the Nursing Profession— Keeping Your Cool: Stress Management for Nurses (00:60)
Credits: Stress and the Nursing Profession— Keeping Your Cool: Stress Management for Nurses
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