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Coping at all costs: how ‘toxic positivity’ may affect nurses and patients

A relentless ‘stay positive’ approach can be not only unhelpful but damaging

A relentless stay positive approach can be not only unhelpful but damaging for both patients and colleagues

  • Patients and nurses themselves may feel under pressure to cope regardless of the circumstances
  • Its important that patients are able to share worries and concerns, say experts, especially regarding life-limiting or life-changing illnesses
  • How to offer encouragement and support while acknowledging pain or difficulties, and the importance of just listening

Have you ever tried to tell a colleague that you are feeling bad about something and been told to look on the bright side because things could be worse? Or told a patient not to worry?

In recent years, and


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