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Are you a super-helper nurse? How to give it up and avoid burnout

Super-helpers never say no to helping someone out – even though it might be to their detriment. How to ditch the guilt and protect your well-being

Super-helpers never say no to helping someone out – even though it might be to their detriment. How to ditch the guilt and protect your well-being

Why did you become a nurse? When we ask that question as researchers, the most common response is ‘to help people’.

If that is your mission in life, nursing is an obvious career choice, so it is perhaps not surprising that when we started researching the psychology of those who just can’t stop helping, we found ourselves talking to nurses.

The double danger of moral distress

The focus of our research wasn’t solely healthcare staff. We were interested in finding anyone who was vulnerable to the super-helper syndrome – where people feel compelled

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