Overcoming Stress and Anxiety: Tips for Nurses During Uncertain Times

Being a nurse is one of the most stressful and demanding jobs out there, and being a nurse during pandemic events can become even more challenging.

With the pressure of providing care for a large number of patients while trying to stay safe themselves, nurses are in need of some extra help when it comes to managing stress and anxiety.

From getting enough sleep to talking with a mental health professional, there are many ways nurses can help manage their stress and anxiety. Keep reading to discover how you can take care of your wellbeing, as well as how to navigate ethical dilemmas and support patients through alternative means of communication. 

Managing Stress and Anxiety as a Nurse During Uncertain Times

As a nurse, it’s important to take care of your mental health during uncertain times.

Experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety can be overwhelming, but there are steps you can take to feel better. 

The first step to taking control of your mental health is to make sure you’re taking time for yourself each day. This could include activities such as reading, going for a walk, or writing in a journal. 

Practicing mindfulness and staying in the present moment can help you calm down a racing mind. To reduce tension, focus on your breathing, and try to relax your body by tensing and releasing different muscle groups.

It's highly advantageous to connect with people who empathize with your situation and can offer emotional support. Sharing your emotions with them can alleviate your stress levels and provide comfort during difficult times.

Additionally, getting adequate sleep each night is crucial to maintaining the energy required to manage daily stressors.

Navigating Ethical Dilemmas

Navigating ethical dilemmas in nursing can be a daunting task.

It’s important to remember that the primary goal of any nurse is to provide quality care and protect the safety of their patients.

In order to do this, nurses must be aware of the ethical principles that guide their practice and use them as a framework for decision-making. Nurses should also strive to stay up-to-date on current policies and regulations related to healthcare ethics, as well as any changes or updates due to the pandemic.

Nurses should seek out resources such as professional organizations, journals, and online courses that can help them better understand ethical issues in nursing. It’s essential for nurses to have open communication with their colleagues and supervisors when faced with an ethical dilemma, so they can work together towards a solution that best serves their patients’ needs.

Supporting Patients Through Telehealth Services

Telehealth services have become increasingly popular in recent years, and even more so during the current pandemic. This technology allows healthcare providers to offer remote care to their patients, without having to be physically present.

It’s a great way for medical professionals to stay connected with their patients while still adhering to social distancing guidelines. Telehealth services can also help reduce the risk of exposure for both patients and healthcare workers alike. 

When providing telehealth services, it’s important that healthcare providers take extra steps to ensure that their patients feel supported and comfortable throughout the process. This includes making sure that all necessary information is provided prior to the appointment, such as instructions on how to access the platform or any other relevant details.

It’s important that healthcare providers are patient and understanding when communicating with their patients over video or phone calls – especially if they’re feeling anxious about using this type of technology. 

Healthcare providers must prioritize follow-up with their patients after each appointment to ensure that they receive the necessary care and support during difficult periods. This can involve making a follow-up call, sending an email, or writing a personalized note.

By checking in with their patients, healthcare providers can confirm that their symptoms are under control and that they’re adhering to any prescribed treatment plans.

During periods of uncertainty, nurses must prioritize their own self-care by employing stress-management techniques, which can include engaging in relaxation activities, maintaining an active lifestyle, connecting with others, and seeking professional assistance if necessary.

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About Rebecca

Rebecca is the founder of The Wellness Society and author of two fluff-free books, The Framework and Understanding and Healing Trauma.

She's passionate about creating concise and compassionate mental health and wellbeing tools that address the root causes of distress.

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