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Health / Stress Management 101

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Specializes in critical-care.

Hello fellow nurses. I am curious how you guys cope with the stress of day to day work in the healthcare field? Especially for those of you who work in specialties such as the ED, ICU, OR, etc... How do handle death and disability on a daily basis while still maintaining a positive outlook on life? I am fascinated by this.

For example, after interning on a med-surg ICU floor, I noticed how nurses were able to dissociate from all the grief and chaos they experience on the unit when they take their lunch break. Where do we draw that line of being able to deal with the stress as professionals, yet not become numb or insensitive to the work we are doing? After all, these are human lives we are working with!

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 41 years experience.

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