This guidance has been developed by theRCN Counselling ServiceTelephone:0845 769 7064
Director ofRCN Nurseline
RCN Occupational Health Adviser
Senior Employment Relations Officer
Head ofRCN Counselling
Nursing Careers Adviser
RCN Legal Services
Howard RichmondDavid GardinerTony GraysonIllustrations by Martin DaviesThe idea for this booklet arose from two sources.Firstly,the concerns ofRCN counsellors at the increasing numbersofnurses contacting the RCN Counselling Service with stress-related difficulties,and secondly,from the discussionsofthe RCNWorking Well Initiative on stress.This booklet is one ofa number ofinitiatives aimed at raising awareness ofthe impact ofoccupational stress onnurses in today’s society.It is hoped that this easy-to-read guide will help nurses understand how to manage personalstress and the responsibilities ofemployers in relation to occupational stress.
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