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Stress 'harms nurses' sex lives'

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by Brian Brian, ASN, RN (Member)

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Almost half of nurses feel their sex lives are damaged by the emotional stress of their job, a poll suggests.

Nursing Times magazine surveyed almost 2,000 nurses, and found 70% said they suffered from physical or mental health problems linked to work-related stress.

Some 44% said their sex life was suffering as a result and a quarter said they had started drinking more.

Nursing Times blamed the pressure of financial deficits and the threat of job cuts in the NHS.

The poll also found one in 10 nurses were smoking more, and almost a third reported taking off more days sick than usual.

More than one in five of those surveyed had taken 30 or more days off during the last year.

KEY FINDINGS

70% of nurses suffer side-effects of work stress

44% said stress was negatively affecting their sex life

24% were drinking more alcohol than usual

13% were smoking more than usual or have started smoking

30% were taking more sick days than usual

Full Article here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6691017.stm

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SharonH, RN has 20 years experience and specializes in Med/Surg, Geriatrics.

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Of course it does. When I worked acute care, I was always too tired and stressed to maintain a regular work-out schedule for any length of time, eat properly and engage in a lot of recreational activities the way I'd like and that included sex. I know a lot of nurses are able to achieve that work-life balance but I really struggled with it and I didn't even work full-time. Thank goodness those days are over.

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Midwest4me specializes in A myriad of specialties.

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What's a sex life??????? Hhmmmm....maybe it's the lack of it that is causing the stress?????

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I used to not understood what people meant by the "God, I am so stressed out by my job,I need a cigarette/drink".

...and then I became a nurse and, I now fully understand it.

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brwneyegal has 11 years experience and specializes in med surg, oncology, outpt and hospice.

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What harms sex lives is YEARS of seeing male patients with the see more butts and everything else gowns, who are never ashamed to show you what they got........

I've seen so many old wrinkly things...........:imbar......:rotfl:

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txspadequeenRN has 20 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ICU, PICC Nurse, Nursing Supervisor.

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yeah here it is brian the real cause...we are so tired of looking at old wrinkly things that we cant go home and face the spouse....!!!!:rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:

i've seen so many old wrinkly things...........:imbar......:rotfl:

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What harms sex lives is YEARS of seeing male patients with the see more butts and everything else gowns, who are never ashamed to show you what they got........

I've seen so many old wrinkly things...........:imbar......:rotfl:

LOL....so funny!;)

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Predaking has 4 years experience.

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Personally, I don't have a problem with sex (gotta have it 3-4 times a week). But I do exhibit other signs of stress of working in all the various types of healthcare settings I've worked at.

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Personally, I'm tired of trying to fit sex in during the day or before work and after the kid goes to bed. I work nights. It sucks, can't find time to exercise either, and my diet is difficult because I am never on a schedule long enough to get hungry at the same time twice.

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Medic/Nurse is a BSN, RN and specializes in Flight, ER, Transport, ICU/Critical Care.

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If my husband was willing --- I'd do 3x a DAY!

But, if I do find that if I'm lucky enough to find it that often - I have a lot less to complain about at work.

;)

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