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Salons: Common Sense Therapy for Stress November 26, 2010

Posted by mariemanthey in Nursing Salons, Professional Practice.
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Hi Marie,

Thought of you and the salons this morning as I was reading an article
about the risk of “compassion fatigue” in nurses.  I copied a snippet
of the article below….makes me even more grateful for the nursing
salons on this eve of Thanksgiving.  Thank you again for providing
this necessary venue for nursing.  You are the best!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Although it is easy to say that nurses should be given the opportunity to recognize and talk about the stress that they experience, and to make plans for coping, these are challenging tasks. Trauma research indicates that people involved in traumatic events need to be able to “tell their story” 8 or 9 times to defuse the physiologic and psychological impact of what they have been through. Providing opportunities for nurses to get together to talk and support each other is common sense. As laypeople, we support and care for each other during stressful times. Somehow, we have to provide that same sort of commonsense therapy for healthcare professionals. Once people share what they are feeling, then strategies can be developed to cope with those feelings. However, in busy hospitals and clinics, it will be a challenge to find the time to provide these experiences.

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