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Copy of Stress-Management for Nursing Leaders

1st Presentation overview of stress in the work place as a nurse in leadership position

Christine Stefanovic

on 1 December 2010

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Transcript of Copy of Stress-Management for Nursing Leaders

STRESS MANAGEMENT for Nurses The nurse will identify individual stresses.

Will recognize personal, physical and psychological responses to stress.

Will practice stress-management techniques.

Will develop a plan to manage stress Define Stress... “If you were to ask a dozen people to define stress, or explain what causes stress for them, or how stress affects them, you would likely get 12 different answers to each of these requests. The reason for this is that there is no definition of stress that everyone agrees on, what is stressful for one person may be pleasurable or have little effect on others and we all react to stress differently…” (http://www.stress.org/topic-definition-stress.htm "physical, mental, or emotional strain or tension" or "a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize.“(http://www.stress.org/topic-definition-stress.htm For our purpose stress is… Recognize Stressors What makes you stressed?
What are some stressors at work?
What are some stressors at home?
Keep a record or diary of situations that cause stress. Who, what and where?

Record your reactions to stress/ thoughts during stress and after.

What are your responses to stress? Perception of Stress Is it uncontrollable, overwhelming ?
A challenge to be solved ?
Positive stressors vs. negative stressors. Work to alter your perception of stress Resulting in the difference between feeling demoralized vs. successful.
Recognize your negative self-talk and transform it to positive self-talk (Ehde, D.M. & Bombardier, C.H., (2006). The MS Workbook Living fully with multiple sclerosis New Harbinger Publication Oakland Ca.)
Stress Management Techniques Meditation
Relaxation techniques
T’ai chi
Aerobic exercise
Having fun- plan activities to look forward to
Communicate with others, esp. to the person causing stress.
Reduce unnecessary stressors
Provide enough time to complete activities
Ask for help
Don’t over schedule
Stop being a perfectionist
Conserve energy- know your limits, avoid doing too much in one day.
Get organized- home/work filing system, calendar, or electronic device (PDA). Avoid saying “I should”, prioritize and do.
Respect others coping mechanism.
What works for others might not work for you
vice versa
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