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Begeleiding ter voorkoming van vermoeidheid by psigiatriese verpleegkundiges

M. Greeff
Curationis | Vol 14, No 4 | a341 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v14i4.341 | © 1991 M. Greeff | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 September 1991 | Published: 26 September 1991

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M. Greeff,, South Africa

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Nursing is a stressful activity and therefore it is necessary for nurses to develop effective coping mechanisms, or to strengthen existing ones in a healthy manner, in order to be capable of dealing with stress, arising from their personal and professional lives.
It is, however, not solely stress itself which predisposes nurses to fatigue (physical, psychological and emotional exhaustion) but rather the chronic nature and excessive amount of stressors which place excessive demands on the energy resources and coping, mechanisms of nurses resulting in the ineffective handling of stress which in turn leads to the eventual development of fatigue. The detrimental results of this experience are, however, not confined to the nurse herself, but extends further to the patient and the organization. Thus, if fatigue is not controlled or dealt with, all parties and organizations concerned could suffer.


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