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Working Well Initiative - Managing Your Stress

Working Well Initiative - Managing Your Stress

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 A guide for nurses
Managing  your stress
 working well
initiative
 
This guidance has been developed by theRCN Counselling ServiceTelephone:0845 769 7064
Lead author 
Rachel Murray 
RCN Counsellor
 Acknowledgements
Dee Borley 
Director ofRCN Nurseline
Carol Bannister
RCN Occupational Health Adviser
Sheelagh Brewer
Senior Employment Relations Officer
Barry McInnes
Head ofRCN Counselling
Cathy Taylor
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.
Published by the Royal College ofNursing,20 Cavendish Square,London,W1G 0RN©2005 Royal College ofNursing.All rights reserved.No part ofthis publication may be reproduced,stored in a retrieval system,or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic,mechanical,photocopying,recording or otherwise,without prior permission ofthe Publishers or a licence permitting restricted copying issued by the Copyright Licensing Agency,90 Tottenham Court Road,London W1T 4LP.This publication may not be lent,resold,hired out or otherwise disposed ofby ways oftrade in any form ofbinding or cover other than thatin which it is published,without the prior consent ofthe Publishers.RCN Legal DisclaimerThis publication contains information,advice and guidance to help members ofthe RCN.It is intended for use within the UK but readers are advised that practices may vary in eachcountry and outside the UK.The information in this booklet has been compiled from professional sources,but its accuracy is not guaranteed.Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the RCN provides accurateand expert information and guidance,it is impossible to predict all the circumstances in which it may be used.Accordingly,the RCN shall not be liable to any person or entity withrespect to any loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by what is contained in or left out ofthis guidance.
 
ROYALCOLLEGE OF NURSING
1
Managing your stress
 A guide for nurses
Contents
1
Introduction
22
Stress and nursing
23
Stressed? Who,me?Signs and symptoms
34
Reducing and managing stress
55
Occupational stress:what employers should be doing
86
Taking legal steps
117
Key points to remember
13
Appendices:
1 References and further reading142 Useful contacts and websites15
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