Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

The Resilient Nurse: Empowering Your Practice

Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

The Resilient Nurse: Empowering Your Practice

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The resilient nurse: Empowering your practice Margaret McAllister and John B Lowe, Eds. ISBN: 978-0-8261-0593-6 Springer Publishing Company, New York, NY, USA; 2011; 172 pages

This textbook provides an introduction to a range of strategies that aim to build resilience and empower the nurse. Resilience is identified as an essential skill that nurses must develop in order to face the numerous challenges and changes that are part of daily practice. The authors acknowledge that resilience can be a personality trait, although this book testifies that it is also a skill which can be developed. There are many benefits to developing resilience and empowering the nursing workforce. The provided case studies, self-caring strategies and positive approaches to busy work environments, enable nurses to work though challenging scenarios thoughtfully and carefully. This can result in enhanced leadership skills which allow nurses to advocate for improved patient outcomes, as leadership is a crucial element of resilience.

This book provides an honest account of real life stories which address the intricacies faced by nurses within today's healthcare systems. The book takes the basic concepts of resilience and empowerment and applies them to every day nursing practice. Given the complexities of nursing this book provides a toolkit of skills, qualities, communication theories and scenarios to help nurses navigate future challenges. …

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