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Stress and Coping

Potter and Perry Chapter 31

Why is it important that a nurse recognizes the signs and symptoms of stress? To aid in personal coping. To design stress management interventions for clients and their families.
What it stress? Stress is an experience that a person is exposed to, through a stimulus or a stressor. It is also the appraisal, or perception of a stressor.
What is the definition of a stressor? Stressors are disruptive forces operating within or on any system.
What is the definition of an appraisal? Appraisal is how: 1) people interpret the impact of the stressor on themselves. 2) how they interpret what is happening. 3) what they are going to do about it.
Crisis When stress overwehlems a person's existing coping mechanisms, disequilibrium occurs, and a crisis results.
Trauma is when symptoms of stress persist beyond the duration of the stressor.
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