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8 GIFs that illustrate how nurses deal with stress

Mary Lorenz | May 11, 2017

Nurses stress

70 percent of nurses are burned out, thanks to long hours and high stress situations. Find out how nurses manage their stress.

Have you hugged a nurse today? He or she could probably use it. A new CareerBuilder survey finds that 70 percent of nurses feel burned out in their current jobs – and it's not hard to understand why. In addition to working long hours and dealing with life-or-death situations on a daily basis, they are one of the most in-demand occupations around today.

To mark the end of National Nurses Week 2017, and in keeping with this year's theme, "The Balance of Mind, Body and Spirit," we asked a few nurses we know to tell us how they deal with stress. Here's what they told us, as illustrated in GIFs.

1. They schedule a sweat session.

schedule a sweat session

"Regular exercise helps me deal with stress." – Susie H., an oncology and medical-surgical nurse

2. They pour a glass (or two) of vino.

pour a glass of vino

"Two words: Red wine." – Shannon E., a labor and delivery nurse

3. They enlist the help of a professional (masseuse).


"I also treat myself to a massage every once in a while." – Susie H.

4. They give themselves a rush of adrenaline.

rush of adrenaline

"I participate in adrenaline hobbies like sport bike riding to get a rush outside the ICU environment." – Lauren W., a cardiothoracic ICU nurse

5. They commune with nature.

commune with nature

"Being outside helps me de-stress." – Jane S., a NICU nurse

6. They go for a walk.

go for a walk

"I bike or take a walk around the block during the shift." – Marita K., a transplant nurse

7. They take a moment to themselves.

take a deep breath

"Sometimes you have to step back and count to 10 when you get stressed." – Molly P., oncology nurse

8. They know laughter is the best medicine.

laughter is the best medicine

"If we have a bad night, we vent to each other about it, and usually end up with someone making us laugh about it." – Jessica Y., obstetrics nurse

Are you a nurse (or know someone who is)? Tell us how you manage stress @careerbuilder with the hashtag #NursesWeek

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