Resources for managing stress and building resilience
Update 20 March 2017: We hope you found our free resources on building resilience useful. All these articles and more are available to RCNi subscribers throughout the year.
We have brought together a selection of articles about coping under pressure for you to read for free, simply by registering to our website
With services reported to be at breaking point, it is clear the NHS is struggling to cope with demand. But what is driving the crisis? And how can nurses cope?
To show our support to NHS staff, we have gathered together a selection of our careers, comment, and advice and development articles from Nursing Standard and RCNi specialist journals Emergency Nurse and Nursing Management for you to read for free, simply by registering to our website.
RCNi has a wide range of support across our resources to help subscribers through tough times. Here, we have hand picked a selection of articles that will help nurses reduce stress levels and develop strategies to cope under immense pressure.
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How to develop your emotional resilience
Do you ruminate for days after a difficult incident at work? The good news is you can learn to improve your coping skills and bear work stresses more lightly by nurturing your emotional resilience.
Simple ways to take back control and reduce your stress levels
In a challenging work situation, the level of stress and anxiety you are feeling may well be unnecessary – but you can beat it by taking control with these simple tools.
How to cope with staff shortages
Pressure resulting from understaffing can leave you feeling angry and defeated, but there are strategies to boost your resilience.
Advice & development
Try the lighter side of stress management
Managing stress is about looking after yourself. But it doesn’t have to feel like another task – it can be enjoyable. There are small, fun ways to cope with ongoing demands
Using CBT to improve self-awareness and resilience
Nursing student Lauren Ferrier shares her tips on how to cope with stress by creating a ‘formulation’ to analyse where your emotions come from.
Tips for emergency nurses on building resilience
Can a passion for a profession that involves so much illness, trauma and death be enough to sustain people through their working days? Emergency care staff can protect themselves from burnout and compassion fatigue by building resilience against the daily trauma of their work.
The perils of nursing stress
The concepts of stress, fatigue and burnout are not new, but long-term consequences for patient safety have yet to be fully explored, says Suzanne Waddill-Goad.
Evidence & practice
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Alleviating stress in the workplace: advice for nurses
Stress can undermine the care and compassion nurses are able to give, a vital concern in health care which was highlighted by the Francis inquiry. This article explores the factors that contribute to stress and the strategies that can be used to alleviate the stresses inherent in nursing.
Exploring how mindfulness and self-compassion can enhance compassionate care
Research suggests that the development of mindfulness and self-compassion may help to improve the well-being and resilience of professionals and students in the healthcare setting. This article explores the concepts of mindfulness and self-compassion and their relationship with, and ability to enhance, compassionate care.
How nurses can cope with stress and avoid burnout
This article draws on a systematic literature review to identify stressors in emergency and trauma nursing settings, and their potential effects on staff. These stressors include work demands and lack of time, lack of managerial support, patient aggression and violence, and staff exposure to traumatic events.
Effects of stress on nursing integrity
This article looks at the relationship between stress, nursing integrity and patient care. The authors suggest that the goal of providing high professional standards is threatened by increased service demands, and there is therefore a need for nurses to develop effective coping strategies to manage stress resulting from competing tensions in the workplace.
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