Now that we have had the opportunity to discuss how stress is inherent in the role of a nurse leader, what triggers stress and ways to mitigate it–how does the nurse leader take care of themselves? A perusal of the literature indicates that topics around self-care, mindfulness, stress management and resilience abound.
As a nurse leader–how do you help yourself? First of all never forget that humor, used effectively, is an excellent way to break the ice and relieve tension. Remember it is not always appropriate–but when used in the right way–humor can relieve stress. Other strategies include:
Authored by Elsie Crowninshield, RNP, DNP, CCRN, NE-BC and Adele Webb, Ph.D., RN, FNAP, FAAN