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Make time to listen to colleagues, who may be under stress

As staff are pushed to breaking point by increasing workloads it is important to support and engage with co-workers who are struggling to cope
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There is no doubt that this winter appears to be the most challenging so far and the level of pressure and stress on staff is phenomenal.

But, like every year, we make it through and have a new perceived 'normal' and, every year, the workload and pressure is increased.

The resilience of emergency nurses is usually strong but all of us have a breaking point. It is important that we learn to look after ourselves and each other. Everyone has their own coping mechanisms and, in times of extreme pressure, it is essential that we rely on these more than ever. As a team we need to make sure we care for each other.

How are you?

I heard recently on the radio a guest speaker say, 'whenever you ask someone how they are, don't keep on walking, wait and

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