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.