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Targeted learning eases job strain in the ICU

Gabrielle Lis

A 5-day intervention for ICU nurses in France establishes that individual workers can learn to cope better with stressful and demanding work.

Stress is the norm for nurses working in an intensive care unit (ICU). Time pressure, lack of social support, excessive workloads, poor supervision and miscommunication, as well as conflict with physicians, other nurses, patients and their families, are all par for the course. In addition, ICU nurses must cope with the distress caused by patient deaths - their own sadness, as well as that of grieving families. Workers who face high psychological...

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