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Loneliness in nurse leaders: how to tackle it and help others to

Talking about loneliness can still be seen as a taboo in healthcare settings, with those in leadership roles often wanting to appear strong and ‘professional’

Talking about loneliness can still be seen as a taboo in healthcare settings, with those in leadership roles often wanting to appear strong and ‘professional’

As a society, we have got better at discussing mental well-being at work over the past couple of years, and many healthcare organisations have upped the support they offer staff.

But loneliness remains a taboo subject, particularly among leaders.

Removing the stigma around discussing loneliness

The impact of loneliness on health is widely discussed and written about, particularly in the wake of the pandemic, but most of that work focuses on patients and service users, not on healthcare staff.

When it comes to discussing loneliness at work, we are happy

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