Stress is a constant in daily life, encompassing internal and external factors that affect our mental and physical well-being. External stress factors are found in the physical environment and may include job, family, relationships and other challenges. Internal stress factors include an individual’s health, nutrition and emotional state; those influence the body’s ability to respond to and cope with external stressors.
Nurses are forced to cope with staffing shortages, rapid changes in technology, rude patients, family member and colleagues. As a result, many nurses are feeling the strain from their work environment. This can interfere with productivity and negatively affect the level of care provided to the patient. By following the suggestions below you may be able to avoid nurse burnout and avoid becoming sick.