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Using a cognitive framework with nurses to manage stress

Williams, A.M. and Williams, N.J. (2022) Using a cognitive framework with nurses to manage stress. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice . Early View.

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Nursing can be a stressful occupation with many nurses struggling to cope with stress on a day-to-day basis. Considerable evidence suggests that positive coping strategies can be an effective part of stress management education programs. This article describes the theoretical rationale for a cognitive framework for stress management that was developed as part of a well-being educational program for cancer nurses. This framework included an associated mnemonic (www.pst) to assist in the recall and utilization of positive coping strategies. The stress management framework was intended to increase nurses’ perceptions of personal control which is central to stress management. The academic coping literature is complex, jargon laden and often conceptually abstract, and may not easily be understood by a nonacademic audience. The cognitive framework described here is an evidence-based, user-friendly tool that could be used and evaluated by counsellors, educators, and researchers in different settings.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Nursing
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Copyright: © 2022 The Authors.
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