Medical Express: Helping Nurses Cope When Patients Bring Them Down
Originally found at Medical Express
The finding is important at a time when nurses are under mounting pressure from patients and others who increasingly treat them with disdain, in particular through the COVID-19 pandemic. The study finds negative interactions with patients are associated with lower self-worth among nurses, but with help, they are also able to re-frame those experiences as acts of self-sacrifice and that they're doing their job for a common good.
"If people can re-frame a bad experience as self-sacrifice, they can remind themselves of the purpose of their work," said Amy Colbert, professor of management and entrepreneurship in the Tippie College of Business and study co-author.
"They start to think that maybe I'm not making the difference I thought I was, and they become less satisfied with their job and it starts to affect their performance," she said.
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- Jordan D. Nielsen, Purdue University
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