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Can resilience be taught in a classroom?

Putting into practice the theory behind resilience in the workplace.

While at university, we had lectures and essays to write on resilience. In fact, it featured so prominently in our curriculum throughout the three years that the adage of familiarity breeding contempt certainly began to ring true.

Being lectured on resilience is all well and good, and after three years I thought I understood the concept, but felt I had exhausted the theory.

Theory vs practice

However, six months as a qualified nurse and working in a busy emergency department have taught me something university could not; resilience as a concept is different from the reality. One can be taught, but the other must be learned.

As a student, you are constantly being told on placement that 'the real learning starts when you qualify', while


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