Hospitals help nurses reduce effects of work-related stress

09/30/2008 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Hospitals are becoming more aware of the physical and emotional effects of work-related stress on their nursing staff and are finding new ways to relieve "compassion fatigue." Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in suburban Chicago has created a nurse's retreat in a break room to help nurses relax and reduce stress levels, and Adventist Hospitals in Bolingbrook and Glendale Heights brought in a trainer who encouraged nurses to incorporate small exercises, stretching and breathing into their shifts.

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