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6 Ways Nurses Can Beat Compassion Fatigue

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3. Create a Stress-Free Zone

If taking time off work doesn’t fit in your busy schedule, consider creating a “Stress-Free Zone” at work. This can be an entire room or maybe just a corner of the cafeteria. Put up a sign declaring that area “Stress-Free” and add to the atmosphere by including fresh flowers, yummy food, or peaceful photographs. Anyone can visit the “Stress-Free” zone, but there is a catch: You are not allowed to stress out in the “Stress-Free Zone”! If a nurse wants to vent, let them go somewhere else. You can vent anywhere, so make the “Stress-Free Zone” a place people want to come to relax.

Some healthcare facilities go as far as to create employee lounges with massage chairs, hot tea, and soft music. Employee happiness is becoming important to hospitals, knowing that job satisfaction relates to job performance, so even if your boss turns down the idea of personal massage chairs, he/she might be able to create a room for your “Stress-Free Zone.”


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