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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
  • It’s 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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