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Maintaining motivation under pressure

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Recent media headlines have reported much negativity about nurses lacking compassion for the patients in their care. Not surprisingly, the morale of nurses has hit an all-time low with surveys reporting that many nurses feel stretched, overworked, undervalued and underpaid. The continuous fast-paced change imposed on healthcare staff within the health service has left many nurses feeling demoralised. With low morale also comes demotivation and patient care can begin to suffer. So how can primary care nurses remain motivated at work and why is this important?

Motivation is derived from the word motive and explains why we do what we do and what drives our behaviour. Motivation or the lack of it drives our performance at work.

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This article reflects what is happening currently in my work place and most of it is due to poor management and autocratic leadership style leading to demotivation in the workforce. Unfortunately, there is no resolution in sight and the workforce keeps getting depleted adding more stress to the overworked.In comparison to the hard copy - figures 1,2 and table 1 do not appear in this e- version.Box 1 (mentioned) does not feature in either versions.
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