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Reducing work-related stress to minimise emotional labour and burn-out syndrome in nurses
  1. Dorothy Afriyie
  1. Nursing, CNWL NHS Foundation Trust, Buckinghamshire, UK
  1. Correspondence to Miss Dorothy Afriyie, Nursing, CNWL NHS foundation Trust, Hillingdon UB83HD, UK; d.afriyie{at}

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Commentary on: Zaghini F, Biagioli V, Proietti M, et al. The role of occupational stress in the association between emotional labor and burnout in nurses: a cross-sectional study. Appl Nurs Res 2020;54:151277.doi: 10.1016/j.apnr.2020.151277.

Implications for practice and research

  • Nurses should engage in stress-relieving therapies and maintain emotional resilience to decrease their chances of burn-out syndrome.

  • A longitudinal study on the influences of emotional labour and work-related stress on burn-out syndrome in nurses would ultimately enhance nursing science.


Emotional involvement is the basic element of therapeutic relationship between healthcare professionals and their patients.1 However, emotional involvement exposes healthcare professionals to emotional labour, work-related stress and burn-out.1 These three subjective constructs are related and interconnected to each other. Nurses are mostly affected by these constructs due to the emotional demand of the nursing role.2 This study by Zaghini and colleagues explored a test model …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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