Nursing

In the know: Five ways to stress-proof your job

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, September 27, 2010

Though nursing can be one of the most rewarding jobs out there, it can also be extremely stressful. Nurses just beginning their careers can find themselves overwhelmed, overworked, and overlooked. There are times as a new nurse where you are criticized for not knowing something, or times where older, more experienced nurses, are rude to you. The best way to handle stress at work is to identify the issues and figure out how you can solve them.

Here are some tips on how you can stress-proof your job from the book Stressed Out About Your First Year of Nursing:

  • Avoid the stressor: For example a nurse who is rude to you
  • Eliminate the stressor: For example asking someone else to do a hated chore for you
  • Confront the stressor: For example talking with the person(s) who are making your job more difficult
  • Manage the stressor: For example adding something fun to the task, or better yet, rewarding yourself once it’s done
  • Balance the stressor: For example balancing it with a stress-reducing technique

For more tips check out HCPro’s book, Stressed Out About Your First Year of Nursing.

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