SelfCare for HealthCare Provides Stress Management Solutions For Nurses

stressIs your staff overworked? Do you find that your caregivers are constantly calling in sick? Are your patients becoming neglected? You may be facing a problem with caregiver satisfaction. These days, nurses are too often overworked, and this stress can significantly impact the health of your caregivers, the culture of the workplace, and patient care. So let’s address that problem. Let’s take a look at various sources of stress in the field of nursing, and let’s identify some stress management solutions.

Sources of Stress in the Nursing Field

No career path is free from stress, and the nursing field is no different. In fact, caregiving is infamously associated with high stress. This odd epidemic has resulted in difficulty hiring nursesretaining nurses, and maintaining care quality. Here are some stressors that may be affecting your staff:

Long, Inflexible Hours

Nursing is notoriously demanding. Often, caregivers are required to work long shifts at odd hours of the day (or night). This inflexible, demanding schedule can wear at one’s energy levels and focus, and it can cause stress. We need to provide stress management solutions to improve the health of our nurses while staving off the stress of their duties.

Work-Life Imbalance

Due to the long, inflexible shifts, we’ve just mentioned. Caregivers are constantly caught not caring for themselves. Staff members may miss sleep, have a poor diet, and not exercise, all due to the demands of their place of work; that can cause stress, and it may result in illness! Healthcare facilities need to nourish a healthy work-life balance to ensure that caregivers care for themselves and their patients.

Poor Culture

Once again, the healthcare field is highly demanding. Nurses and physicians work closely with one another day-in and day-out to care for their patients. In these challenging, close quarters, it’s imperative to maintain a positive culture. When staff members are negative, they’re more likely to hinder the performance of others. Stress can build, multiply, and boil over. Poor culture is a problem best avoided.


The nursing field is unavoidably associated with illness and death. Caregivers are forced to address this negativity daily. We need to be mindful of the positive aspects of caregiving and the inevitable negative aspects to keep the nursing staff from deriving stress from their day-to-day.

Solving Stress

Let’s address these stressors one by one and look at some stress management solutions you can implement to reverse higher stress levels amongst caregivers.

Scheduling Changes

Take a fresh look at how your staff is scheduled. Are staff members working 12-hour shifts? Are nurses working straight through the night? Are caregivers working irregular, ever-changing hours? It’s time to make a change. Assess how you schedule your staff. If your employees are working too long, it’s time to add another caregiver to your team. Take time to ask your caregivers what schedule they’d like to have. Although you may not be able to provide the perfect schedule, you may be able to identify issues, address inefficiencies, optimize staff proceedings, and ultimately reduce stress.

A Healthy Work-Life Balance

There’s a reason we’re called SelfCare for HealthCare®: Caring for yourself is essential for your health. Too often, caregivers are so busy caring for others they neglect to care for themselves. Caregiver managers need to promote a healthy work-life balance to ensure that nurses stay healthy, stress-free, and satisfied. Improve scheduling, provide access to various healthcare resources for your nurses (e.g. massage therapists, personal trainers, nutritionists), restrict on-call time, and practice other stress management strategies to ensure that your nursing staff maintains a balance between work and home.

Cultivating Culture

Staff culture is crucial for managing stress for nurses. If staff members show signs of stress, other members are likely feeling the effects as well. Stress can compile exponentially, yet nurturing the right culture can mitigate or prevent stress among employees. Provide team-building exercises and events for your staff. Promote sharing and socializing amongst co-workers. Nurses often use one another to vent and let off steam, which is good!


Nursing is important. As caregivers, we help people. We heal. We provide. We care. It’s crucial not to forget the positivity we bring to those we support, even when illness and death underscore our work. We can work together to maintain positivity in the nursing field despite some of the negativity that goes hand-in-hand with caregiving. Encourage staff members to be mindful of how they help people every day. Nurses provide an entirely philanthropic service to people in our community; that’s important, and it’s important to remember.

Our Resources

Here at HealthCare for SelfCare, we strive to reduce stress for nurses, physicians, and other caregivers. We provide tools and resources, including nursing motivational speakers and in-person visits with staff members, to ensure that your caregivers don’t just provide care; they’re also cared for.

If you’re curious about our resources and the SelfCare for HealthCare program, don’t hesitate to get in touch! We’re here to help!