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AuthorBailey, Roy. author
TitleStress and Coping in Nursing [electronic resource] / by Roy Bailey, Margaret Clarke
ImprintBoston, MA : Springer US : Imprint: Springer, 1989
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Descript XIII, 335 p. online resource


Increasingly, stress as a concept is being used as an explanation of a wide variety of negative phenomena which are experienced by all people, but which include nurses in particular and their patients. Nursing has been identified as a 'high stress' profession and one can hardly pick up a nursing journal, or even read a newspaper article about nursing, without finding the word stress used liberally. Examples of its use are found in relation to sickness/absence rates, high level of nursing staff turnover, discontent in nursing, the effects of unemployment, the effects of overwork, having too much responsibility, having too Iittle responsibility or control, the effects of constantly giving emotionally to others, the causes of iIIness, the effects of going into hospital, delayed healing, anxiety, depression and alcoholism. Given the heterogeneous nature of these phenomena, some of which are the diametric opposite of others and that they are c1early being attributed to the one concept, stress, then that concept must necessarily be of importance within people's lives. Or is it perhaps just a fashionable, global, but uItimately empty explanation? Roy Bailey and I believe that stress is an extremely important concept. Indeed, we would argue that it is a meta-concept rat her than a concept, which does indeed serve to explain many disparate phenomena


One: Understanding the Approach -- 1. Meanings and models of stress and coping -- 2. Coping -- Two: Nurses โ{128}{148} Stress and Coping -- 3. Pupil and student nurse stress -- 4. Stress, death and dying -- 5. Nurses and the Intensive Care Unit: a special case -- 6. Stress control -- Three: Patients โ{128}{148} Stress and Coping -- 7. Hospital admission: coping and recovering -- 8. Patients undergoing surgery -- 9. Patients with coronary heart disease -- 10. Patients with chronic/disabling conditions -- 11. Cancer, stress and coping -- 12. Change in body image: dying, bereavement -- Four: Conclusions -- 13. Stress and coping: summary -- Appendix: Stress and coping โ{128}{148} a proposed synthesis: the concept of an individual psychological constellation of beliefs

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