Coping Mechanisms- How do you cope? - page 2

by dstevens25

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Hey guys, A lot of the discussion on this topic is through the female lens. Men bring a refreshing new perspective about nursing practice & the associated interventions on the unit so if we could extend that to this topic I... Read More


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    My coping strategy is to choke that down at the time of the distressing event. I will dredge it up latter and talk with another nurse or friend. Breakfast with a coworker after a long shift. Adult beverages. The trick is to not forget you crammed those feels down there, if you don't are them out they come out at you when you don't want them.
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    Only an RN for about a year now, but I'm already getting stressed. I get a lump in my throat when I see little kiddos coming in with bruises from child abuse. It makes me want to find the idiot that did it and return the favor, if you know what I mean. I lift really heavy weights (heavy for me) and play with my dogs. I call them my coping mechanisms. See #4 above. A little bit of that goes a long way. :-) (Or, if you are homo, remove the "Wo". Same applies)
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    I usually go to a male discussion forum and see how many females are chiming in ��
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    I work in home end of life care. Finding a coping strategy was important! Most important is to turn the feelings off. Stay detached, and don't get involved with the family's personal life. It's easy to get close to the patient and the families - working in their home 12 hours a day 4 days a week it's hard not to. But when things get to me I usually hit the gym. It seems to help the most.
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    Quote from exit96
    I usually go to a male discussion forum and see how many females are chiming in ��
    .........For the same reason males go to the "female forums" and "chime in".
    Last edit by Esme12 on May 27, '13
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    Quote from butterfly134
    Nothing wrong with a good cry every now and again! Having a good rant with nursing student besties works wonders because well you know that they are going through the same stuff. Sometimes if you have a good preceptor they can understand and talk you through some stuff, telling them that you never experienced this before...because face it at eighteen you don't have much life experience. For example I didn't know what ''DNR a.k.a NFR'' meant. Never heard of it before I started nursing, not the kind of thing you learn in school! My preceptor sat me down and explained it, then it made sense! Also when things are just like mildly upsetting or annoying rather than cry-worthy, I play guitar and sing away! When things are a lil bit tougher, journaling helps. If things get really upsetting, I call my mom :P
    What does NFR mean????
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    My coping mechanism is the door. When I walk past it, everything in the past stays there.

    I do everything to the best of my ability, I push myself in critical situations to be the best I can be. I have no regrets so I don't dwell.

    That is, I think, all one can do.

    It was a struggle at first, but with experience, I don't even think about it now, it just happens.
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    Quote from Esme12
    .........For the same reason males go to the "female forums" and "chime in".
    It is presupposed that all the forums are for females, that is why there is a "men in nursing" forum...for us. The stereotypes never cease
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    Never mind, my apologies... I was being sarcastic and derailed the conversation...��
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    No problem ....I was being funny as well....


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