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Nurses’ Stress & Burnout: How to care for yourself when caring for patients and their families experiencing life-threatening illness.

Sherman, Deborah Witt PhD, APRN, ANP, PCM, BC, FAAN

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: May 2004 - Volume 104 - Issue 5 - p 48-56
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With symptoms as varied as anger, short attention span, physical exhaustion, and a poor self-concept, burnout in nurses, especially in those caring for dying patients, can result in compromised patient care. The solution is simple but perhaps not easy: self-care. The 13th in a series on palliative nursing care.

Deborah Witt Sherman is associate professor and program coordinator of the advanced practice palliative care master’s and postmaster’s programs at New York University, Steinhardt School of Education. Contact author: This article is the 13th in a series on palliative nursing that is supported in part by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Betty R. Ferrell, PhD, RN, FAAN (, and Nessa Coyle, PhD, NP, FAAN (, are the series editors. The author of this article has no significant ties, financial or otherwise, to any company that might have an interest in the publication of this educational activity.

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.