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Nurse Burnout: Overcoming Stress in Nursing

Nurse burnout is easy to read and set out well, with summaries and objectives in each chapter. Despite being targeted at American readers, it is still relevant to UK nursing

Nurse burnout is easy to read and set out well, with summaries and objectives in each chapter. Despite my initial reservations about the book being targeted at American readers, it is still relevant to UK nursing.

The reasons cited for burnout by the American Holistic Nurses Association are universal and applicable to the UK. However, I did find the words of wisdom in the ‘practice pearls’ bullet points rather obvious – especially with statements such as ‘listen to your patients’. But on reflection, we often need to be reminded of these fundamentals of nursing. Another observation is that the text is not branch specific.

This book serves as a much-needed reminder that for many nurses, work is more than just a job. When nurses enter the profession, they want to help, heal and make a difference to people’s lives. These aims and ambitions can get worn away by years of service, cutbacks, closures, reduced staff, targets and the pressures of the job. Nurse Burnout gives excellent advice on how to look after yourself and prevent any emotional and physical exhaustion.

This book would be useful for nursing students or nurses completing postgraduate study, as topics are easy to find and the research cited is up to date. It would also be useful for managers who have the power to put changes in the workplace into action.

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