Developing resilience: the role of nurses, healthcare teams and organisations
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Developing resilience: the role of nurses, healthcare teams and organisations

Caroline Barratt Lecturer, School of Health and Human Sciences, University of Essex, Colchester, Essex, England

Why you should read this article:
  • » To understand the individual’s and organisation’s role in developing and supporting resilience, and how this may lead to improvements in job satisfaction for staff, workforce sustainability and patient care

  • » To engage in activities that support reflection on your resilience and strategies that you can use to improve your resilience and that of others

  • » To count towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD, or you may wish to write a reflective account (UK readers)

  • » To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

Discussions about the sustainability of the healthcare workforce have placed considerable emphasis on improving the resilience of healthcare professionals. However, when discussed in relation to individuals, the contextual aspects of resilience are often lost. This means that individuals are burdened with the responsibility of increasing their resilience so that they can better manage the challenges they experience, rather than examining the external and environmental factors that can affect resilience. This article explores the concept of resilience and suggests ways in which resilience can be developed by individuals and in collaboration with others, resulting in resilient healthcare teams and organisations capable of supporting individuals effectively. It aims to assist healthcare professionals to develop their resilience, while also improving their understanding of the complex factors that can affect their coping capacity, as well as how community influences the resilience of everyone.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2018.e11231


Barratt C (2018) Developing resilience: the role of nurses, healthcare teams and organisations. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2018.e11231

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software



Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 28 August 2018

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