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Feeling the pressure at work

Nursing can be a particularly stressful profession. It is not just physically demanding, but mentally and emotionally draining too.

Nursing can be a particularly stressful profession. It is not just physically demanding, but mentally and emotionally draining too.

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Staff surveys highlight how stressful health care can be.

Staff absence due to mental ill health at hospitals in England has doubled since 2010, according to the National Health Executive. It states 39% of NHS staff took time off in 2014 because of work-related stress.

The RCN’s Beyond breaking point? 2012 survey of 2,008 members examined factors influencing health, wellbeing and stress, including management and peer support, sickness absence policies and occupational health service provision. Half of the respondents said their stress had increased significantly in the previous year. More than half said they had been made unwell by work stress. Nurses blamed a growing workload, staff shortages, lack of rest breaks,

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