Stress and Nursing Practice

The nursing profession can be demanding in terms of workload, long working hours, lack of resources, and other confounding demands that predispose nurses to stressful situations (Ghawadra et al., 2019). Sometimes caring for delicate patients and pressure to balance personal and professional life may further increase stress among nurses. Addressing stress and solving it may also improve patient experience, safety, and nursing experience. This paper will address stress in nursing, overcoming stress, and the importance of debriefing.

Stress and Nursing Practice

Case That Defined Me as a Nurse

 As a nurse, I have had the privilege of caring for countless patients throughout my career. However, one case about a patient admitted with severe sepsis and systemic inflammatory syndrome stands out as particularly defining for me as a nurse. To fulfill my role as a care team member, I was tasked with monitoring vitals, administering medication, educating the patient, and providing emotional support to the family members and the patient.

Despite our best efforts, the patient’s condition continued to deteriorate as the patient developed multiple organ failures requiring mechanical ventilation, dialysis, and intensive care. Unfortunately, the patient passed away despite the interdisciplinary collaboration we initiated to improve the outcome. This experience was emotionally and physically taxing, and it had a profound impact on my practice as a nurse.

Impact on My Practice

This case had a significant impact on my practice as a nurse in several ways. Firstly, I appreciated the importance of a nurse as an advocate. As advocates, nurses ensure patient safety is a priority and will do everything to ensure patients get the best possible care while their dignity and rights are upheld (Kalaitzidis & Jewell, 2020). I did the same for this patient.

Additionally, this case reinforced the importance of self-care and the need to take care of myself as a nurse. Caring for a critically ill patient can be physically and emotionally draining, and it is essential to have strategies to manage the stress that comes with this type of work.

Steps to Overcome Stress

To overcome the stress of this event, I have taken several steps. Firstly, I have made an effort to prioritize self-care in my daily routine. Self-care includes taking breaks when needed, getting enough sleep, and finding activities that help me to relax and recharge. Additionally, I have a strong support system, including my family members and employers, who have been supportive all through.

Besides, taking part in various stress-relieving activities, including meditation, yoga, deep breathing, and visualization, helps in coping with job-related demands (Ghawadra et al., 2019). I have also understood the importance of honesty and clear communication when communicating with patients and colleagues. I have also sought support from my colleagues and participated in debriefings after particularly challenging cases.

Importance of Debriefings

Debriefings are an essential component of the nursing practice, particularly after difficult or traumatic events. Debriefings allow nurses to process their emotions, share feelings and experiences, reflect on their practice, and identify any areas for improvement (Zhang et al., 2020).

This can help to reduce feelings of isolation and provide a sense of community and support. Additionally, debriefings can also identify any systemic issues that may have contributed to a negative outcome and provide an opportunity to make changes to prevent similar events from occurring in the future.

Debriefings in My Workplace

In my workplace, debriefings always involve all members of the care team involved in a case and are usually led by a manager or supervisor and held in the conference room for confidentiality. During the debriefing, we discuss our experiences and emotions related to the case and identify any areas for improvement in our practice. We also discuss any systemic issues that may have contributed to the outcome and identify potential solutions. These sessions are important for supporting emotional well-being and promoting a culture of continuous improvement.

References

Ghawadra, S. F., Abdullah, K. L., Choo, W. Y., & Phang, C. K. (2019). Mindfulness-based stress reduction for psychological distress among nurses: A systematic review. Journal of Clinical Nursing28(21–22), 3747–3758. https://doi.org/10.1111/jocn.14987

Kalaitzidis, E., & Jewell, P. (2020). The concept of advocacy in nursing: A critical analysis: A critical analysis. The Health Care Manager39(2), 77–84. https://doi.org/10.1097/HCM.0000000000000292

Zhang, H., Wang, W., Goh, S. H. L., Wu, X. V., & Mörelius, E. (2020). The impact of a three-phase video-assisted debriefing on nursing students’ debriefing experiences, perceived stress and facilitators’ practices: A mixed methods study. Nurse Education Today90(104460), 104460. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2020.104460

Stress and Nursing Practice Instructions

Write an 500 word essay addressing each of the following points/questions. Be sure to completely answer all the questions for each bullet point. Separate each section in your paper with a clear heading that allows your professor to know which bullet you are addressing in that section of your paper. Support your ideas with at least two (2) sources in your essay. Make sure to reference the citations using the APA writing style for the essay. The cover page and reference page do not count towards the minimum word amount. Review the rubric criteria for this assignment.

  • Describe the case that defined you as a nurse.
  • What happened, how were you involved?
  • How does this case still affect you and your practice?
  • What steps have you taken to overcome the stress of this event? (Remember to protect patient privacy).
  • Explain the importance of debriefings.
  • If a debriding would happen in your workplace who would be involved, what would be discussed, who would lead the debriefing, where would it take place?

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