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Humour cuts nurse stress

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Attending ‘humour workshops’ could help nurses cope with stress and reduce the risk of burnout, the findings of a review have suggested.

Scottish researchers – who studied evidence on the use of humour in nursing over nearly 30 years – found nurses who used humour to cope reported lower ‘emotional exhaustion’ and ‘depersonalisation’, and achieved higher levels of ‘personal accomplishment’.

Humour acted as a stress moderator and could be used to cope with a job that is ‘high in emotional labour’ and improve relations among staff, they said.

Journal of Advanced Nursing (2008) 61: 584–595

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