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Resilience in nursing

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posted on 28.10.2019, 00:00 by Margaret Mcallister, Donna Brien
Nursing involves complex caring work—nurses support patients physically as well as mentally. During critical times of illness, patients may be vulnerable to stress buildup and breakdown, unless they are able to access and use effective strategies to avoid, reframe, or relieve negative stressors. At these times, nurses themselves may be vulnerable to the negative stressors by association. Witnessing other peoples’ adversity can be traumatizing. Thus, the issues to be discussed in this chapter, the concept of resilience and how it can be developed, are relevant for nurses in two ways. Nurses can draw on knowledge about resilience to assist and encourage patients to withstand the pressures of ill health and to maximize their own strengths and supports to stay strong. Nurses can also apply what they know to their own health and well-being so that the physical, emotional, and cognitive labor involved with caring does not become a burden and deplete caring reserves. The skill with which resilience strategies can be applied by nurses in their interactions with patients can be subtle and effective, yet when missing from care can leave patients feeling helpless and exposed.

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Editor

Mcallister MM; Brien DL

Start Page

1

End Page

28

Number of Pages

28

ISBN-10

0826167896

ISBN-13

9780826167897

Publisher

Springer

Place of Publication

New York, NY

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Author Research Institute

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

Era Eligible

Yes

Edition

2nd

Number of Chapters

13

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