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Registered Nurses Getting Sick of the Stress

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 10:50:39 +0000

iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- Nursing certainly has its rewards but it's also a very demanding job. Just ask any registered nurse.

That's just what the Vicki Milazzo Institute did in a survey called "Are You Way Too Stressed Out?"

VMI, which trains legal nurse consultants, received more than 3,300 responses back and the overall feeling of RNs is that most feel stressed and could use some much needed relief. According to the survey, more than six in 10 RNs infrequently get seven-to-eight hours of sleep per night with many having to work 12-hour shifts, often without a break.

Another downside of the job is that a majority of RNs are not properly nourished with 75 percent complaining that they don't regularly get at least two balanced meals daily.

Meanwhile, two-thirds of RNs report that they find it difficult to actually relax and enjoy other activities when they're off the clock.

The VMI survey also suggests that RNs often feel they're taken for granted. One in four says they have virtually no authority while half would like more of it. One other gripe: a third of RNs say they're neither respected nor appreciated for the work they do.

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