Stress in Nursing

Pratibha P. Kane

Stress is experienced when demands made on us outweigh our resources. A moderate level of stress or ‘Eustress’ is an important motivating factor and is considered normal and necessary. If stress is intense, continuous and repeated, it becomes a negative phenomenon or ‘Distress’, which can lead to physical illness and psychological disorders. Psychosomatic illnesses are disorders that involve both the body and the mind. These illnesses are mental or emotional in origin and have physical symptoms. Running hospitals as businesses have changed the working pattern of nursing as a whole. Stress levels are on the rise and little is being done about assessing this malady and actively managing its effects. Nurses are ...

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