April 4, 2024

Overcoming Secondary Stress in Medical and Nursing Practice

Overcoming Secondary Stress in Medical and Nursing Practice

April 4, 2024

The pressures of reaching out to others in need, or ‘secondary stress,’ is a constant and continuous reality for healthcare professionals. In their book, "Overcoming Secondary Stress in Medical and Nursing Practice (Second Ed.)" authors Dr. Robert J. Wicks and Dr. Gloria Donnelly explore the factors contributing to the emotional and psychological toll on doctors and nurses as a result of the work of caring, including patient care responsibilities, organizational dynamics, and personal stress factors. This book provides practical strategies and techniques for healthcare professionals (clinicians and administrators) to recognize, manage, and mitigate the effects of secondary stress in their professional and personal lives.

Drawing on research and using real-life experiences, this book offers insights into building resilience, fostering self-care practices, establishing healthy boundaries, and seeking support from colleagues and mentors. Overall, "Overcoming Secondary Stress in Medical and Nursing Practice'' articulates the challenges in medical workplaces which are felt but not always understood, and it will have you nodding alongside the authors as they describe why this work can feel so hard. This is an invaluable resource; a practice companion for healthcare professionals seeking to enhance their well-being and effectiveness and to find new or renewed joy in the rewards of this work.

Nursing The Future™ acknowledges that nurses across this country live, work and play on the lands of our Indigenous Ancestors and we join our members in expressing respectful gratitude for this privilege.
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