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CARING is the essence of NURSING. -Jean Watson

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Knowing is not enough, we must APPLY. Willing is not enough, we must DO. -Bruce Lee

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Treat the patient as a whole, not just the hole in the patient.

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Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. -Winston Churchill

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A problem is a chance for you to do your best. -Duke Ellington

K-pop band pays special tribute to nursing profession

The coronavirus pandemic has placed a stark lens on how much the nursing profession is relied on to “keep us healthy and heal us”, a famous South Korean band member has said in a special tribute to nurses around the world. Kim Ki-bum, better known…

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Fund bolstered by Captain Tom to support expansion of ‘roaming nurse’ service

A “roaming nurse” palliative care service is among the projects to receive a funding boost as part of the latest round of allocations from the Covid-19 Urgent Appeal. The appeal, which is managed by NHS Charities Together, raised a record-breaking £150m earlier in the pandemic…

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STRESS

 Stress arises due to the demands placed on an individual and the individual's inability to
meet those demands. Stress is an involuntary physical reaction and causes harmful effects on one's body and mind. In today's fast paced and highly competitive effects one's body and mind. In today's fast paced and highly competitive environment, stress has become a way of life for many; especially so for managers. Stress related illnesses include clinical depression, high blood pressure and heart problems. In view of this, it has become very important for an individual to identify stress triggers, ands take steps to manage them, Managers have to deal with unforeseen situations and this can often cause stress. Stress management includes handling stress effectively by planning work, setting realistic goals, taking regular breaks, exercising etc. it helps a person to stay in control and balance their work and personal life better.

Definition of Stress

 Stress is defined as anything that disrupts the normal person's physical or mental well-being. It occurs when the body performs activities outside its capabilities or when the person faces extraordinary demands. According to the Taber's Cyclopedia (a medical dictionary), stress is 'the result produced when a structure, system, or organism is acted upon by forces that disrupt equilibrium or produce strain.'

The process of stress has a stressor or stimulant that causes or stimulates stress in any situation. A stressor is in itself neither positive nor negative, good nor bad, it is how one reacts to it which determines its positivity or negative. For example, a deadline that's nearing can be a motivator to finish the task on time (a positive stressor) for one manager whereas it can be a threat ( a negative stressor) for another. Hence, every manager has to identify his/her reactions to various situations, in order to deal with stress easily.

Stress can be differentiated by the way in which it affects the body and mind of an individual. It can be either positive or negative. Positive stress is called eustress. It triggers the body alarm and enhances a person's attention, performance, and creativity. It has temporary effects. Negatives stress is called distress. It has a negative affect on the physical and mental health of an individual. If left unattended, distress could result in serious health problems like sleeplessness, depression, eating disorders, and suicidal tendencies. Eustress beyond a certain level becomes distress..

In order to explain this phenomenon of stress, Hans Selye developed a model called the General Adaptive Syndrome (GAS model). The GAS model explains how an individual reacts to and deals with stress. This model has three stages. The first stage is the alarm reaction stage, which involves the body's response to the new situation or the stressor. In this stage, the individual is under eustress. The second stage is the resisting stage, which involves resisting or reacting to the situation. In this stage is the body is said to be under a fight or flight situation. The fight or flight situation is the body's ability to deal with the situation (fight) or escape from it (flight). The third stage is the exhaustion stage, which is the aftermath of the fight or flight situation. If the resistance stage extends over a long period, the individual becomes distressed. A manager has to recognize the stress levels that he/she finds acceptable in order to use stress as a motivator and avoid stress.




Nurse shortages forcing more nursing homes to downgrade, warns CQC

More care homes are being forced to end their provision of nursing care because of a lack of nurses, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has warned in its annual report on the state of health and adult social care in England. The watchdog said that…

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Javid urged to address care staff shortages in ‘unprecedented’ letter

Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid is being urged to “act now” to address the staffing “crisis” facing the adult social care sector. Mr Javid has received an “unprecedented” joint letter from the union Unison and social care membership organisation the National Care Forum…

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More work needed to achieve racial equality in mental health nursing, event hears

Representation of Black mental health nurses is improving but they are too often in “lower positions”, according to speakers at a nursing event last night marking Black History Month. Actor David Harewood joined Simon Arday, registered mental health nurse, and Kojo Bonsu, a peer involvement…

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NHS England launches fourth annual nurse recruitment campaign

The NHS in England has today launched its annual recruitment drive that is set to feature testimonials from real nurses about their experiences of “life on the frontline”. The We are the NHS campaign is now in its fourth year and seeks to shine a…

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Virtual nurse-led health promotion programme proves successful

A nurse-led NHS cardiovascular programme that was forced to go digital because of Covid-19 was up to three times better for patients than the face-to-face model, new research shows. Sarah Teague is one of nine cardiovascular nurse specialists who lead the virtual programme, which is…

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Survey reveals ‘stark’ staffing challenges facing care services

Social care providers in England have had to turn away thousands of people in need of support because they do not have enough staff, according to a new survey of services managers. The National Care Forum, in partnership with The Outstanding Managers Network, polled 340…

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Wales hopes to put general practice nursing ‘on the map’ with new framework

A new framework has been launched in Wales to provide a “consistent approach” to the development of general practice nurses in the country. Those behind the new 178-page blueprint said they hoped the document “inspires and encourages nurses and employers alike to expand and enhance…

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University unveils murals portraying depth and breadth of nursing

A London university has celebrated nursing with two new murals depicting the day-to-day life of nurses and other health workers during Covid-19. The artworks have gone on display at the newly refurbished nursing simulated learning and clinical skills centre at Kingston University. Sally Richardson, associate…

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CQC survey shows high patient trust in hospital nurses but concerns about shortages

The majority of hospital patients have trust and confidence in the nurses involved in their care, but many say there are not enough of them, according to new survey taken during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The Care Quality Commission has today published…

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Twitter challenged over ‘outdated and appalling’ imagery of nurses

Social media site Twitter is being urged to remove sexist, misogynistic and “appalling” imagery of nurses currently available on its platform. Several nurses, including the chief nurse of Health Education England, have raised concerns that moving images of nurses on Twitter, known as GIFs, are…

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Edinburgh nurses share stories of Covid-19 for book festival project

Community nurses and nursing students in Scotland have documented their experiences of working through the pandemic for a new publication launched at a book festival. Pandemic Portobello is a collection of stories from people in the Portobello area of Edinburgh inspired by the response to…

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NMC expands network of OSCE centres for overseas nurses and returners

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has “significantly” increased its test centre provision for nurses from overseas and those returning to practice, it has been announced. The nursing regulator said the move would offer these professionals more choice in where they can take their required tests…

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Military deployed to Scottish NHS as nurse shortages hit record levels

The military has been called on to plug staffing gaps in Scottish NHS services, as latest data shows nursing vacancies have reached record high levels. NHS Education for Scotland figures from June 2021 reported 4,845 nursing and midwifery vacancies, the highest number since recording started…

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Mesothelioma charity appoints specialist nurse for Thames Valley

A charity’s network of specialist nurses dedicated to supporting people with mesothelioma has grown with a new appointment in the Thames Valley region. Charlotte Buckle is joining Mesothelioma UK’s team of UK clinical nurse specialists and will be based at Churchill Hospital, which is part…

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RCN confirms schedule for balloting members in England on pay strike

The Royal College of Nursing has announced the dates for its indicative ballot on industrial action in England, following the 3% NHS pay award. It will ask members whether they are willing to take industrial action, such as strike action or action short of strike,…

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Wales CNO says she will not tolerate discrimination and neither should others

The new chief nursing officer (CNO) for Wales has said she is "really clear" about the value she brings to the profession and would not hesitate in calling out discrimination. Sue Tranka, who was an international recruit from South Africa more than 20 years ago,…

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Nurse backs appeal to boost CPR skills among minority ethnic communities

The founder of British Sikh Nurses is among health leaders who are calling for more people from minority ethnic backgrounds to learn CPR skills. The appeal follows “worrying” survey results that show many people do not know the difference between a cardiac arrest and a…

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