Resilience

Nursing has never been easy but rising demand and staffing shortages have put many more nurses under pressure and stretched some to breaking point. With the increase in stress has come a renewed interest in resilience.

In this collection of articles, we look at what employers can and should be doing to reduce the pressure on staff and boost resilience. We also look at what individual nurses can do to help themselves. But the overarching message is clear: a focus on resilience should never be about asking individuals to cope with unbearable pressure.

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We’ll be building on this resource throughout 2018. Let us know what you think – your ideas are welcome.


29 Jan 2018
Features
It is reckless of healthcare organisations to ignore signs of stress in their workforce or offer only superficial support. With the pressures on nurses reaching dangerous levels, the legal, moral and financial case for action is overwhelming
29 Jan 2018
Features
Resilience has become a buzzword that not everyone likes. Used superficially it can heap more pressure on individuals. Embraced properly, it means organisations creating conditions in which nurses can be kind to themselves.
29 Jan 2018
Comment
A series of crises and losses in her personal life put RCN professional lead Amanda Cheesley under enormous stress. She got through it with the support of her employer and by relying on the people and strategies that boost her resilience
29 Jan 2018
Comment
Warning signs that the nursing workforce is in trouble have been apparent for years. The current focus on emotional resilience should not distract from the need for action
28 Jan 2018
News
A project helping newly qualified nurses to build resilience and cope with the stresses of the profession is proving to be a success.
24 Jan 2018
News
The regular workplace forums help to reduce staff stress
24 Jan 2018
Your views
Nursing is a stressful profession and nurses are used to showing resilience. But with staff shortages, lack of resources and increasingly heavy workloads, the pressures can be overwhelming. Nursing Standard readers have their say
24 Jan 2018
Career advice
Leaving behind your student days and starting your nursing career is a challenging time. Newly qualified staff nurse Kayleigh Peel discusses how she is coping with the stress of her new role, and her realisation that building resilience is an essential...
22 Jan 2018
Comment
Emotional engagement with patients is an important part of the nursing role, but the well-being of staff also needs to be high on the agenda, with managers ensuring measures are in place to support staff and protect them from burnout, says Caroline...
21 Nov 2017
Career advice
Avoid burnout and enjoy your career more by learning how to improve your mental wellbeing by building up emotional resilience
10 Nov 2017
Comment
Attending Schwartz rounds enables staff to share experiences with colleagues and discuss the challenges they face. Not only does this reduce emotional stress, it leads to improved teamwork and increased empathy and compassion, says Caroline Shuldham.
18 Aug 2017
Comment
Putting into practice the theory behind resilience in the workplace.
16 Aug 2017
CPD articles
Healthcare is a complex area with significant potential for service improvement despite the effects of increasing economic and social pressures on the quality and safety of patient care. As the largest group of healthcare professionals in direct contact...
16 Mar 2017
Features
Many NHS trusts give staff opportunities to share difficult experiences. Now these structured sessions are being introduced to universities in the hope of reducing student attrition and building resilience.
16 Feb 2017
Career advice
Nursing has always been unpredictable and under pressure. Mandy Day-Calder advises nurses how to cope.
03 Feb 2017
Comment
Emergency care staff can protect themselves from burnout by building resilience against the daily trauma of their work.
23 Jan 2017
Career advice
With many services stretched to breaking point, the pressure to take on more work than is good for you can be overwhelming. Mandy Day-Calder explains how you can resist.
18 Jan 2017
CPD articles
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 is reflected in the growth of mindfulness training for these...
11 Nov 2016
Comment
Resilience, drive and energy are essential traits for people in leadership positions in the NHS, especially for those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, says Yvonne Coghill.
15 Oct 2016
Advice and development
Nursing student Lauren Ferrier shares her tips on how to cope with stress by creating a ‘formulation’ to analyse where your emotions come from