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Historical models of resilience

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posted on 28.10.2019, 00:00 by Donna BrienDonna Brien, T Potter
One of the defining characteristics of modern life is an orientation toward the future. Nurses and nursing students are often very aware of the changes happening constantly in healthcare because of biotechnological discoveries and inventions. The future for health workers is awe-inspiring. As all workers, and all people more generally within society, need to contemplate the future and how it may change daily life, there is a formal interdisciplinary field called Future Studies or Futurology, which works to predict future trends and events (Bell, 2003). With change occurring at an unprecedented rate in almost all parts of life, in the future all aspects of existence, including work, will be very different from today in significant ways. Futurology proposes that it is, therefore, important that everyone in society—from governments, industry, businesses, professions, and organizations to single individuals— think about the future effects and ramifications of these changes, in order to make the best decisions now and face the future with a sense of optimism. As Futurology recognizes, however, purely forward-focused thinking not only diminishes conceptions of the value of the past, but can also limit the potential to understand both the present and the future. This chapter hones in on the notion that understanding the past can help nurses think more critically about both the present realities of, and future directions in, nursing and healthcare. We argue that this critical thinking is a life resource for making sense of challenging issues and wicked problems. It is, we believe, a resilience strategy—invaluable for nurses themselves, but also a strategy to encourage patients to consider. Thinking about the past illuminates the directions one wants to take in the future.

History

Editor

Mcallister MM; Brien DL

Parent Title

Empowerment strategies for nurses: Developing resilience in practice

Start Page

29

End Page

42

Number of Pages

14

ISBN-10

0826167896

ISBN-13

9780826167897

Publisher

Springer

Place of Publication

New York, NY

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

University of Minnesota, Minnesota, USA

Author Research Institute

Centre for Regional Advancement of Learning, Equity, Access and Participation (LEAP)

Era Eligible

Yes

Edition

2nd