The Resilient Nurse: Empowering Your Practice

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Overview

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This is a very practical and easy to read book with many strategies to help new nurses adapt to the stressors of the workplace. It is filled with thought-provoking stories and activities that can foster confidence in tackling workplace issues as well as self-care activities to enhance wholeness and wellbeing. Some suggested strategies for successful outcomes include finding a good mentor, relaxation techniques, using humor, self-reflection, and exercising. There is something in this book for everyone. Score: 96, 4 stars. --Doody's Medical Reviews

This essential resource is for nursing and allied health students across the globe who are undertaking-or are about to undertake-their internship and initial work experience. This reference identifies practical strategies for career advancement and for overcoming stressors and challenges in the workplace.

With the tools from this book, readers will be able to gain the strength and tactics to break the cycles of hostility and workplace negativity, and thereby change the health system and provide better care for their clients.

Key Features:

  • Presents primary narratives and resilience strategies
  • Provides creative resolutions for coping with complex clients, grief, inter-professional tensions, and more difficult issues
  • Contains reader activities that encourage students to become agents of change
  • Highlights resilience strategies; key coping mechanisms; lessons learned; discussion questions; creative thinking exercises; and teacher-related activities
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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This is a practical guide and resource to help students and new nurses deal more effectively with workplace issues. Through case studies, stories, and reflective exercises, it presents strategies that foster resilience.
Purpose: The purpose is to help nurses, especially novice nurses and nursing students, develop resilience and self-confidence so that they can better cope with the challenges of the workplace and increase caring of their colleagues and themselves.
Audience: According to the editors, the book is written for student or novice nurses, but it would be appropriate for any nurse who needs to develop resilience.
Features: The 12 chapters cover ways that nurses can become empowered to make behavioral and cognitive changes that are more effective when encountering challenges and disappointments in the workplace. The concept of resilience is introduced in the first chapter. Other chapters concentrate on issues related to ethical thinking, effective thought processes, communication theories, coping strategies, and leadership qualities. Chapters include stories of workplace issues and learning activities stemming from chapter content. An online companion for instructors is provided with further learning exercises and activities for reflection and discussion.
Assessment: This is a very practical and easy to read book with many strategies to help new nurses adapt to the stressors of the workplace. It is filled with thought-provoking stories and activities that can foster confidence in tackling workplace issues as well as self-care activities to enhance wholeness and wellbeing. Some suggested strategies for successful outcomes include finding a good mentor, relaxation techniques, using humor, self-reflection, and exercising. There is something in this book for everyone.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826105936
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/22/2011
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,141,521
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret McAllister, RN, MHN, BA, (UQ) M Ed (ACU), Ed D (QUT) is Professor of Nursing, University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore, Australia. A Fellow of the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing, Dr. McAllister is active in this organization, as well as in Suicide Prevention and the Royal College of Nursing, both in Australia. She is widely published in nursing internationally and, in addition to The Resilient Nurse, has authored over 100 papers and a book entitled Solution-Focused Nursing: Rethinking Practice (2006), which sold world-wide.

John Lowe, DPubHlth, MPubHlth, is Professor and Head, School of Health and Sport Sciences, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia, where he is Chair in Population Health. He is a Fellow of the Australia Health Promotion Association and the American Academy of Health Behaviour. Dr. Lowe is also Senior Editor of Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health and was previously Editor of Health Promotion Journal, Australia. He focuses his research on community development and empowerment to make sustainable long-term changes to promote health.

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Table of Contents

Contributors

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgment

1. Preparing for Practice: Becoming Resilient

2. Nurses Who Made a Difference

3. Moral and Ethical Practice

4. Learning From Role Models

5. Thinking Clearly: Realistic Appraisals and Moderating Reactions in Stressful Situations

6. Being Convincing: Talking to Others Persuasively

7. Mind Games at Work: Preparing for Effective Team-Working

8. Thriving in the Workplace: Learning From Innovative Practices

9. What to Do When the Busy Day Is Over

10. Things Just Got Really Serious: Coping in Crisis

11. Now It's My Turn: Becoming the Image of the Good Leader

12. Looking Forward

Index

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