DRIVE TO DRINK: Nurses Say Stress Interferes With Caring For Their Patients




Nursing has long been considered one of the most stressful professions. That includes cuts in staffing. The proposed solutions include restructuring hospitals so that administrators pay more attention to what nurses have to say about patient care and work flow, and training programs to help nurses relieve their stress and deal with ethical dilemmas. It is not just the United States but, a recent study in Hong Kong found nurses to be at much higher risk for stress, depression and anxiety compared to the general population. The number of nurses in the U.K. taking time off due to stress has soared (1 in 29 are off because of stress). The problem is that most hospitals aren’t organized to support nurses, or even doctors. 


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