Searching the literature on nurse well-being can be tough. There are a lot of articles that can be found on the importance of resiliency in nursing, yet the evidence can be frustrating. Case studies, qualitative research and even meta-analyses can be found- however they all tend to have one thing in common.
They state that compassion fatigue, nurse burnout and secondary trauma syndrome are all issues and then the authors wrap up in the same way. They urge nursing leaders to do something to help nursing staff build resiliency. Yet that ‘something’ is not offered. No one concrete solution that works is ever given.
Maybe that is because there really is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution. In the world of holistic health, we teach that instant gratification is not the answer. Yet we need to offer our nursing leadership something to help nurse resiliency. [Tweet “Here are three steps to strengthening the resilience of your nursing staff:”]
- Avoid the mountains out of molehills perception. Life is stressful. Problems come and go. Yet the greater source of all that is will never give us more than we can handle. If you stay present in the moment, avoiding creating catastrophe of what has not even come, you can view the situation with a realistic and logical mind. Take your time to brainstorm in the here-and-now and allow your action to move you forward. Life is inherently a good thing and you can deal with all of the stresses thrown your way. Just take it one step at at time and you will be guided along your way.
- Create connections. When the going gets tough, it is always best to have handy helpers along your way. What can you delegate out to take something off of your plate? How can you ask for help when you have too much to do? Who can you lean on for support when all you need is a shoulder to cry on? We are in a people populated world and there will always be someone who can help you through the stress.
- Be mindful of the inevitable. We live in a changing space. Nothing stays the same forever. The world is an ever-moving place of impermanence. The more that we can remain unattached to expectation, outcome or the need to control the easier it is to flow with the process of life. Being flexible and fluid helps create resiliency in every changing situation life throws our way.
What would you add to this list? How would you suggest nurses build their resiliency muscles? What has helped you cope in stressful situations?