Learning for life: stress

first_img Comments are closed. Learning for life: stressOn 1 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Life Long Learning and Continuing Professional Development are the processesby which professionals, such as nurses, develop and improve their practice. There are many ways to address CPD: formally, through attending courses,study days and workshops; or informally, through private study and reflection.Reading articles in professional journals is a good way of keeping up to datewith what is going on in the field of practice, but reflecting and identifyingwhat you have learnt is not always easy. These questions are designed to helpyou to identify what you have learnt from studying the article. They will alsohelp you to clarify what you can apply to practice, what you did not understandand what you need to explore further. 1. Stress can be described as the result of an imbalance between: a) The demands of a situation and the coping resources of an individual b) The demands of the individual and the situation c) The coping stressors and the resources available d) The stressor resources and their demands 2. The hormones released at times of stress are: a) Insulin and thyroxin b) Corticotrophin and thyrotrophin c) Adrenaline and epinephrine d) Oestrogen and testosterone 3. Doctors and nurses are more likely to take time off with stress thanwith: a) Back problems b) Colds c) Migraine d) Accidents 4. What personal concerns affect the NHS on a daily basis? a) Low morale, poor management and job dissatisfaction b) Ill-health, poor management and job dissatisfaction c) Ill-health, low morale and poor management d) Ill-health, low morale and job dissatisfaction 5. The NHS is the largest employer in: a) Britain b) The UK c) Europe d) The world 6. Cutting sickness rates by 1 per cent would save more than: a) £1,400 b) £14,000 c) £140,000 d) £140,000,000 7. What is fundamental for stress reduction? a) A personal action plan? b) A personal professional action plan? c) A professional action plan? d) A professional development plan? 8. What provides important insights into stress levels within anorganisation? a) Work habits, length and pattern of sickness absence b) Work habits and accident reports c) Accident reports and sickness absence rates d) Work habits and the work environment 9. Which of the following does not go a long way to improvingperformance? a) Listening to staff concerns b) Involving staff in decision-making c) Clear guidelines on staff health department opening times d) Establishing clear lines of responsibility 10. Stress can be useful: a) Never, because it makes you ill b) Sometimes, in challenging situations c) Never, because it is always bad for you d) Sometimes, but only in small doses Feedback1.a)Discuss what you understand by the term stress with your colleagues. Find outif you all agree with what you believe stress to be; 2. c) Using aphysiology textbook refresh your knowledge of the endocrine system andparticularly the hormones produced during stress; 3. b) Recent researchfrom Finland shows that nurses are more likely to take sick leave than doctors.Carry out a literature search for more information on this topic; 4. d); 5.c); 6. d) Read the article “What is the best way to assess the risksof stress” in March 2001 issue of Occupational Health; 7. a); 8. a); 9.c); 10. b) last_img read more