Stress Management for Nurses
How to better practice through learned techniques
Diana Baker, Madelyn Eklund, Lakecia Lewis,
Amanda Nash, Susan Raniere
To provide a community group education to nurses related to stress. Identify and share evidence-based strategies to use for managing stress.
To increase awareness of the effects of stress amongst nurses and students via a social media platform.
What is Stress?
Stress is a normal feeling.
There are two causes of stress, acute and chronic.
Acute Stress is short-term that goes away quickly.
Chronic stress lasts for a longer period. If you do not manage your stress it may lead to health problems. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003211.htm#:~:text=Stress is a feeling of,danger or meet a deadline.
Stress in Nursing
In today’s healthcare, the growing stresses on nursing make an already strenuous job even more difficult and in return, nursing burnout continue to be an issue. The nursing profession has been facing a nursing shortage for years and the U.S. is projected to experience a shortage of Registered Nurses (RNs) that is expected to intensify as Baby Boomers age and the need for health care grows.
The negative effect of these stressors can affect the ability of health care professionals to care for others.
“Occupational stress can be defined as a situation wherein job-related factors interact with an employee, changing his/her psychological and physiological condition in a way that the person is forced to deviate from normal functioning” (2016, p.1). Nurses are one of the top occupations that experience a high level of stress in their everyday practice. With having a very demanding and taxing job, this can lead to nursing burnout that will further contribute to the already widespread nursing shortage across the nation (Hersch, et al. 2016).
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections 2016-2026, Registered Nursing (RN) is listed among the top occupations in terms of job growth through 2026
1. https://www.calm.com is a website designed for meditation that can also be accessed by a smartphone
2. https://www.headspace.com/health-covid-19 is a website offering free membership to nurses because of covid-19 designed for healthcare providers and stress prevention and management.
3. On the app store you can access “Pigment” which is an adult coloring book designed to assist with stress
Stress Management Techniques
Technology Assisted Stress Management Techniques
Best Stress Management Apps 2020: Throw Depression Miles Away https://www.calmsage.com/stress-management-apps/
Stress and Self Care for Nurses in the Time of COVID 19
Nursing and Stress Management
Stress & Resiliency: Challenges of 21st Century Living by Paula Rovinsky MA, RN, BS, CDE, HNB-BC
The “BREATHE Stress Management for Nurses
Calm, Meditation and Wellness app
Headspace Meditation App