Counting down to Nurses Week with 10 fun and easy ways to combat stress

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, May 1, 2009

Stress can be around every corner of your facility. Nurses must care for complicated patients, work side-by-side with difficult coworkers, and comply with complex, ever-changing regulations. And that’s just the start of it. More stress is often waiting for you in your personal life when you step out the front door.

The fragile fiscal environment is adding extra pressure and anxiety. A recent national survey conducted by HCPro revealed that 87% of nurses feel that the economy has added stress to their lives.

All these factors spell the need for one thing: some relief. With Nurses Week around the corner, there’s no better opportunity to take some time for yourself and let go of the stress—even if only for a couple of hours. We’ve scoured our collection of nursing resources and compiled a list of 10 of our favorite stress busters for you to hang in your office, on your unit, or on your refrigerator at home.

Here are two to get you started:

  • Listen to upbeat music on your way to and from work to relax and release tension.
  • Take a walk to the newborn nursery. Who wouldn’t be happy after seeing a new life?

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