Submitted by Ashley Wagner on Sat, 2013-11-30 23:21
The nursing profession is a high impact, high stakes field. As nurses we cope with staffing shortages, high patient acuity, and stressful work environments. Moreover, these things can interfere with productivity and adversely affect patient care. In particular, new nurses who experience high levels of stress may become physically ill or experience emotional burnout. Although I am a new nurse, I utilize stress-relieving techniques while working during my shift. Early on, I grasped that I would face many situations that are out of my control, and I have discovered that these techniques aid me in coping with existing and potential stressors.