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Nurses' sex life "harmed by stress"

A study has cast new light on the pressures faced by nurses as nearly half believe their sex life is being damaged by work stress.

The poll by the Nursing Times found 70% of nurses have suffered the side-effects of job-related stress, such as physical or mental health problems, while 44% report that their sex life is suffering.

A quarter of nurses (24%) said they are drinking more alcohol than usual to deal with the stress of their job, and 13% report they have started smoking or are smoking more than usual.

Nearly a third (30%) said they have taken more sick leave than normal, with more than 20% taking 30 or more days off during the past 12 months.

Nursing Times editor Rachel Downey said: "Our well-being survey reveals the impact of the current financial pressures in health services on nurses' physical, mental and emotional health.

"It is extremely worrying that such a high percentage of nurses are threatening their own health in an attempt to maintain high quality care while services are cut or squeezed.

"It is essential that policymakers realise the wide-scale impact of their decisions on nurses, and managers ensure that all possible support is provided to them."

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