Definitions of Self-Management, Time and Stress for Nurses

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The wind is blowing 30mph, the snow is falling heavily, and your change of shift nurse calls in and says she can’t get out of her driveway. This can test the true self-management of how a nurse handles stress. The purpose of this paper is to discuss how nurse leaders and managers can handle stress and time through self-management. The main points this paper will discuss are the definitions of self-management, time, and stress, sources of stress, signs of stress, strategies to manage stress, time management concepts, and how self-management relates to nurse leaders and managers. This topic is very important to nurses because “nursing is a stressful job that has excess and prolonged stress that can lead to distress, burnout, or physical illness for the individual.” (Wright, 2014). According to Yoder-Wise, self-management comes from self-directed change to accomplish a goal or task. Nurses must be able to balance home life as well as work life to manage their time to achieve goals and provide safe and effective patient centered care. Stress is defined as “the response to a perceived threat activated by the sympathetic nervous system with the purpose to prepare the body for physical action.” (Wright, 2014) To manage stress, nurses must be able to control emotions and behaviors through coping strategies. If nurses do not learn to manage stress, it can lead to missed days of work, which not only affects the nurse but the patients as well. Time management is very
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