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Critical Resilience for Nurses : An Evidence-Based Guide to Survival and Change in the Modern Nhs
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The nursing profession is under more pressure than ever before. Financial demands, the target culture, political scrutiny in the wake of some major care scandals and increasing workloads are all taking their toll on professional morale and performance. This timely book considers the meaning of resilience in this toxic context and explains why measures to safeguard individual nurses’ wellbeing are flawed if we don’t take into account wider political and organisational perspectives .
Arguing that healthcare can be thought about and experienced differently, the book:
- provides a summary of the latest research on resilience, explaining its relevance, usefulness and also limitations for nurses
- considers debates about compassion and compassion fatigue and highlights the effects of policy agendas on nurse education and nursing work
- re-evaluates nursing’s professional identity, including where nursing has come from and the effects of class, gender and race on its powerbase
- assesses the role of politics and social media, both in driving change and feeding resistance
- introduces the idea of critical resilience as a complete framework for fostering wellbeing, survival and support in the nursing workforce.
Direct, up-beat, at times provocative and witty, this agenda-setting book gives nurses the tools to understand why they feel the way they do, whether on the ward or off it, and what opportunities are available to them to change, resist or survive in what has become a complex, challenging – if still deeply rewarding – line of work.