Editorial

Finding time to talk through the emotional toll of caring

Do too many nurses bury their feelings after a challenging experience at work?
Nurses in Schwartz round

Do too many nurses bury their feelings after a challenging experience at work?

How do you cope with a difficult experience at work?

With long hours, ever increasing workloads and other workplace pressures, finding time to talk through the emotional toll of caring can too often be pushed down the list of priorities.

This month, we hear from clinical liaison nurse Charlene Jones on how she ‘buried her emotions’ following the death of a patient who had refused potentially life-saving cancer treatment.

She tells how Schwartz rounds – a forum for nurses to reflect on and share the emotional and psychological effects of their work – gave her the time and space needed to process the events.

It was, she says, a cathartic

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