Building Resilience as a Nurse


There has been no greater test of nurses’ resilience than the challenges we have been facing during Covid-19. Even before this pandemic, depression, burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary traumatic stress among health care professionals have been studied extensively.

We can’t continue to ask so much of ourselves and our colleagues. Time is running out; we need to protect and support one another. When the pandemic is a memory and COVID-19 is something we jot down in a patient’s history, we will still need nurses.

Below you’ll find words of understanding and wisdom from other nurses, strategies to improve resilience, and tools you may find helpful.

From our Lippincott Nursing Blogs & Journals

Giving Meaning to Resilience during COVID-19
Lippincott NursingCenter
Resilience is often identified as an attribute to describe clinicians who face challenges time and time again, but are we doing a disservice by setting the expectation that we must be willing and strong enough to keep facing adversity?

Collaboration: Fostering Workforce Resiliency and Wellbeing in Four Easy Steps
Lippincott NursingCenter
As we move away from the pandemic crisis into a time of healing and rebuilding, many nurses ask, “What can we do at this time to further build our own resilience?”

Beyond Burnout – The Moral Injury of Health Care Today
Lippincott NursingCenter
There is no simple solution, but we need leadership willing to focus on a culture of safety and ethics.

Reexamining Resilience
AJN, American Journal of Nursing
Does short-term resilience look different from long-term resilience?

Six Strategies to Build Resilience
Nursing made Incredibly Easy!
Learn six simple activities gleaned from theoretical studies and research findings to help clinical nurses reduce work-related stress, increase positive insight, and improve job performance.

Well-Being and Resilience Among Health Care Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Cross-Sectional Study
AJN, American Journal of Nursing
This study identified several work environment factors that have significantly affected health care workers' well-being and resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. This knowledge has practical relevance for health care leaders who aim to better understand and address the well-being and resilience of the health care workforce during this pandemic and beyond.

Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing
Often, we do not know who we are until we are tested; although we staggered at first, we have come through the worst of the pandemic stronger. Improving care requires respecting human abilities by designing processes that recognize human strengths and weaknesses.