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.  


Caroline Shuldham: Schwartz rounds help ease stress, foster teamwork

Attending Schwartz rounds enables staff to share experiences with colleagues and discuss the...

A lesson in the emotional resilience that’s part of being a nurse

When an older patient she was helping had a fall, nursing student Victoria Spires struggled...

Can resilience be taught in a classroom?

Putting into practice the theory behind resilience in the workplace.

Developing nurses’ transformational leadership skills

Healthcare is a complex area with significant potential for service improvement despite the...

Schwartz rounds for nursing students

Many NHS trusts give staff opportunities to share difficult experiences. Now these...

The emotional toll of nursing

Caring for patients with cancer on her first clinical placement taught nursing student...

How to cope with change and uncertainty

Nursing has always been unpredictable and under pressure. Mandy Day-Calder advises nurses...

Tips for emergency nurses on building resilience

Emergency care staff can protect themselves from burnout by building resilience against the...

Careers advice

Tips on how to say no to excessive workloads
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Exploring how mindfulness and self-compassion can enhance compassionate care

Research suggests that the development of mindfulness and self-compassion may help to...

Get the most out of your practice placements

As a student you should expect support, but you can also take a proactive approach to your...

Yvonne Coghill: resilience is key to good leadership

Resilience, drive and energy are essential traits for people in leadership positions in the...

Student experience: how to cope when a patient dies

The death of a patient is one of the most difficult experiences you will face as a nursing...

Using CBT to improve self-awareness and resilience

After a placement with a team of cognitive behavioural therapists, nursing student Lauren...

CBT strategies can help you handle stress

On placement with a team of cognitive behavioural therapists, nursing student Lauren Ferrier...

Death of young patient hit us all hard during an emotional shift

It was my second shift on an acute under-12s’ children’s ward. Handover began and I could...

Starting out - I had to see beyond ‘fixing’ patients and adopt a more holistic approach

When asked about my biggest fear for a nursing career, my answer was ‘difficult situations’...

Student life - Make your voice heard

A life coach offers advice on dealing with some challenging situations you might encounter...

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