Most research on resilience in healthcare systems such as the NHS is based on organisational crises, such as nurse shortages, an ageing workforce and financial restrictions. However, nursing can learn lessons from the past to consider how to become more resilient, particularly considering the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. This article briefly looks at previous pandemics and disasters that have affected healthcare systems, as well as the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, and considers how nurse leaders can support staff and show organisational resilience during such emergencies. The article also discusses how nurse leaders can develop their own resilience.
Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2020.e1933Peer review
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Duncan D (2020) What the COVID-19 pandemic tells us about the need to develop resilience in the nursing workforce. Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2020.e1933
Published online: 13 May 2020