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.  


Don’t let upsetting remarks affect your focus

How to stay focused and avoid becoming upset by chance remarks or disagreements at work

Tips for nursing students who are starting their studies

Nursing professor Jan Draper welcomes this year's cohort of nursing students

How my simple sticker system improved steroid management

Serious illness led one student to devise a way to help nurses administer steroids on time

It is an honour to give someone the ‘right’ death

Caring for a dying patient and providing last offices helped nursing student Tristan Crombie...

Solution-oriented learning to build resilience in mental health nursing students and...

Increasing concerns about nursing students’ mental health and the retention crisis facing...

On the front line with a paramedic

A day spent shadowing a paramedic showed the complex range of skills this role requires, and...

Nursing course helps students shine with ‘being brilliant’ approach

Students on an adult nursing course are encouraged to fulfil their potential by adopting a ‘...

My first year as a registered nurse: six months qualified and counting

In the latest of her series of regular updates, RCNi nursing student of the year Zoe Butler...

Under pressure: what employers must do to reduce workplace stress

It is reckless of healthcare organisations to ignore signs of stress in their workforce or...

Resilience is not about trying harder

Embraced properly it means creating an environment where nurses can be kind to themselves

Amanda Cheesley: Help yourself but ask your employer to look after you too

A series of crises and losses in her personal life put RCN professional lead Amanda Cheesley...

Ian Hulatt: Resilience doesn’t mean coping at all costs

Warning signs that the nursing workforce is in trouble have been apparent for years. The...

Resilience-based clinical supervision model proves successful in helping nurses cope...

A project helping newly qualified nurses to build resilience and cope with the stresses of...

Researchers publish guide to help implement Schwartz rounds in UK

The regular workplace forums help to reduce staff stress

Readers panel: Are employers doing enough to reduce pressures on nurses and boost their...

Nursing is a stressful profession and nurses are used to showing resilience. But with staff...

Coping with stress and learning resilience as a newly qualified nurse

Leaving behind your student days and starting your nursing career is a challenging time....

Caroline Shuldham: Nurses must remain emotionally engaged but protected from burnout 

Emotional engagement with patients is an important part of the nursing role, but the well-...

Strategies to boost your emotional resilience

Avoid burnout and enjoy your career more by learning how to improve your mental wellbeing by...

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