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Readers panel: Are employers doing enough to reduce pressures on nurses and boost their resilience?

Nursing is a stressful profession and nurses are used to showing resilience. But with staff shortages, lack of resources and increasingly heavy workloads, the pressures can be overwhelming. Nursing Standard readers have their say

Nursing is a stressful profession and nurses are used to showing resilience. But with staff shortages, lack of resources and increasingly heavy workloads, the pressures can be overwhelming. Nursing Standard readers have their say

Liz Charalambous is a staff nurse and PhD student in Nottingham @lizcharalambou

Despite efforts to recruit staff from overseas, along with mentoring, supporting career development and bottom-up leadership such as shared governance councils, nurses remain stressed. A blame culture for staff sickness is hardly helpful. What we really need is long-term investment in nurses and creative approaches to supporting a sensible work-life balance. As for resilience, there is a limit to human endurance. The time has come for the government and society to decide if nurses are valued enough to invest in.

Grant Byrne is a nursing student in Edinburgh @GGByrne

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