Stress and work strain are inevitable in a nursing career. In thecase of an emergency, a nurse has to extend his/her shift to providequick services. Often nurses encounter hostile patients who make themfrustrated, but according to the nursing profession, one should notdisplay anger to a patient regardless of the condition. Nursessometimes are blamed for conditions they cannot control such as thedeath of a child during medication. This paper discussed how a nursecan manage role stress and render desirable services. In addition,the paper explains what happen to patients care when a nurse isstressed or strained.
Nurses should uphold respectful communication at all times to reducerole stress and injuries to patients served (Chang et.al 2015). Inthe case of hostile clients, nurses should remain calm in order toavoid blame from other patients or senior physicians. Avoidingdissension provides humble time to focus on one’s work with limitedemotions. A nurse should nurture an approachable attitude between thefellow workforce and the patients. Charming individuals encounterlimited quarrels. In addition, a nurse should always upholdprofession ethics. One should not disclose confidential informationor threaten a patient as it will cause blame and stress build up. Inaddition, nurses should be keen to follow all procedures such asduring administering of drugs to young children or interpreting labreports. Nursing malpractice is stressful as it damages ones’reputation. In addition, a nurse should always set priorities toattend key tasks during the day (Chang et.al 2015). Thoucommunication with friends is important, one should focus on aidingpatients while at work.
To reduce role strain, nurses should participate in regularexercises and adhere to good nutrition (Jennings,2013). Whole foods as opposed to fast foods will keep anurse energized throughout the day. Exercises keep the musclesflexible and one works for a long time without strain. Nurses shouldhave a reliable mentor. Mentors guide new nursing professionals onhow to handle challenging nursing tasks, personal and family issues.In addition, mentors prepare nurses regarding challenges that arelikely to happen. In addition, nurses should advance their educationto specialize in their areas of interest. When one works in an areaof passion, mental strain and stress are reduced. Registered nursesperform a variety of tasks that drain their energy. By undertaking anadvanced degree, the number or roles performed by a nurse reduce,leaving ample time for refreshment (Jennings,2013). A nurse should never stop participating inhis/her hobbies. Hobbies and recreational activities absorb stresscreated due to work strain.
When a nurse is overwhelmed, the safety of a patient if left atstake. Malpractice cases such as wrong medication leading to adversehealth effects are likely to occur. Stress and work strain reduce thelevel of concentration. For instance, a nurse is likely to confusedrugs such as Aricept and Aciphex that are used to treat two varieddiseases. Role strain can lead to a wrong injection with severenegative effects, such as limb or arm amputation (Chang et.al 2015).As a result, a patient becomes disabled, making daily routinesdifficult to conduct (Jennings,2013). In some cases, role stress and role strain leadto the death of a patient. A nurse may respond slowly when attendingaccident patients, leading to their death due to internal injuries orprofuse bleeding, which requires quick medication. As a result, it isparamount to reduce role strain and role stress for the safety of thepatients.
Chang,E. M., Hancock, K. M., Johnson, A., Daly, J., & Jackson, D.(2015). Role stress in nurses: review of related factors andstrategies for moving forward. Nursing& Health Sciences, 7(1),57-65.
Jennings,B. M. (2013). Work stress and burnout among nurses: Role of the workenvironment and working conditions.