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Nursing issues
Recovery processes can alleviate the effects of presenteeism and emotional exhaustion
  1. Fermín Martínez-Zaragoza1,
  2. Jordi Fernández-Castro2
  1. 1 Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health, University Miguel Hernández, Elche, Spain
  2. 2 Department of Basic Psychology and Methodology, Autònoma University of Barcelona, Bellaterra, Spain
  1. Correspondence to Dr Fermín Martínez-Zaragoza, Universidad Miguel Hernandez de Elche, Elche 03202, Spain; f.martinez{at}

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Commentary on: Gillet N, Huyghebaert-Zouaghi T, Reveillere C, et al. The effects of job demands on nurses’ burnout and presenteeism through sleep quality and relaxation. J Clin Nurs 2020;29(3–4):583–592. doi: 10.1111/jocn.15116. Epub 2019 Dec 9.

Implications for practice and research

  • Work shifts have to consider the role of sleep quality in recovering from workload and emotional dissonance as a way to prevent emotional exhaustion and presenteeism.

  • Further research into interventions that can enhance nurses’ recovery processes is required.


The role of work stress (high demand coupled with low control) in burn-out and health impairment is well known from the scientific evidence, including in nursing.1 As part of this, excessive workload is known to contribute to absenteeism, presenteeism (going to work while ill), increased risk of …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.