Both chronic and acute stress are occupational hazards for nurses, physicians, allied professionals and hospital staff. While there are positive and rewarding elements to the work, there are also time pressures, high expectations, distressing cases, human suffering and feelings of overwhelm. Addressing the impact of stress and critical incidents is important to help protect team members from compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress, burnout and moral injury.
We use a research-supported and culturally-flexible approach to identify, describe and operationalize skills for managing the unique stressors related to healthcare. In particular, we work with healthcare professionals to develop concrete and specific skills that fit within the constraints of their shift and energy reserves to help cushion stress and maintain calm.
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Kerry Appleton, MAN, RN, CCRN-K
Clinical Education Specialist, Children’s Minnesota