Experts investigate emotional impact of nursing chronically ill

A new study will aim to investigate the emotional cost of nursing and the health effects of treating dying patients.

Researchers at the University of Leicester say nurses that empathise with patients are more likely to experience distress, leading to flashbacks, sleeping difficulty and emotional detachment.

Researcher Jenny Watts said symptoms can have serious consequences for nurses personal and professional lives.

‘Nurses caring for patients with dementia and other age related illnesses have shown anxiety and depression following patient deterioration and death,’ said Ms Watts.

‘Further knowledge about nurse distress is required to shape interventions, reduce staff turnover, improve morale and maintain a high quality of care.’

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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