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8 GIFs that illustrate how nurses deal with stress
Mary Lorenz | May 11, 2017
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.
"Regular exercise helps me deal with stress." – Susie H., an oncology and medical-surgical nurse
2. They pour a glass (or two) 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.
"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.
"Being outside helps me de-stress." – Jane S., a NICU nurse
6. They 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.
"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.
"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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