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Nurse Burnout

Easy to read and set out well, this book provides summaries and objectives for dealing with the effects of stress among healthcare professionals

Easy to read and set out well, this book provides summaries and objectives for dealing with the effects of stress among healthcare professionals.

It offers nurses plenty of advice on how to look after themselves and prevent emotional and physical exhaustion.

Despite initial reservations about the book being targeted at US readers, having read it I can see that the text is still relevant to nurses in the UK.

The reasons cited for burnout by the American Holistic Nurses Association are universal, but I found the words of wisdom in the ‘practice pearls’ bullet points rather obvious, especially statements such as ‘listen to your patients’. However, on reflection, we sometimes need to be reminded of these fundamentals of nursing.

This book serves as a much-needed reminder that, for many nurses, their work is more than just a job. They enter the profession to help, heal and make a difference to people’s lives. These aims can get worn away over years of service, cutbacks, closures, reduced staff, targets and pressures of the job.

This book would also be useful for nursing students or nurses who are undertaking postgraduate study, because the subject topics are easy to find and the research cited is up to date. Managers would benefit from the text too, because they are the ones who have the power to put changes in the workplace into action.

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