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Managing emotions at work

Every nurse is taught during training to put their emotions to one side when making decisions about patient care.

Every nurse is taught during training to put their emotions to one side when making decisions about patient care. Objectivity enables nurses to make evidence-based decisions. However, remaining objective is not easy.

Here are some tips for remaining objective and emotionally aware:

Know your emotions It is important to remain objective even in the presence of emotions, as they cannot always be eliminated. Ask yourself questions such as ‘what am I feeling?’ and ‘why?’ to determine if these emotions are appropriate in the decision-making process. If emotions are personal and can’t contribute to patient care, discard them.

Consider a balance While clinical reasoning and evidence-based decision making are essential to patient care, emotions play a role in the decision-making process. They help nurses understand a patient’s social and psychological environment, which enables care decisions to be tailored to the patient. Nurses need to balance rational

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