Coaching Nurses To Be Resilient At Work

How does your personal resilience help you as a nurse at work?

Coaching nurses to be resilient at work is an important subject in the Nursing Literature. There needs to be a greater understanding of how resilience can be assessed and how coaching as a modality can help nurses to build their personal resilience.  Coaching it could be argued is an underutilised modality with clinical nurses that can help to develop their personal resilience.

It is important to understand that resilience is a current, not a constant state and that it is not a trait.  (McEwan, 2018).This means that resilience is not something that you are born with or that one person is more resilient than another, but is something that can be developed and supported in the workplace over time.

Assessment of Resilience

I use the Resilience at work (R@W) individual assessment tool when coaching nurses. The tool is a scientifically researched measure of personal workplace resilience that measures seven components that interrelate and contribute to overall resilience (McEwan 2019).
The seven components of R@W individual resilience are;

  1. Living authentically – this means knowing and holding onto your personal values, using your strengths and having a good level of emotional awareness and relation
  2. Finding your calling – feeling that the work that you do offers purpose, a sense of belonging and aligns with your core values and beliefs.
  3. Maintaining perspective – Staying optimistic and having a solution focussed approach when things go wrong. Being able to see setbacks from a different perspective and minimising the impact of any negativity in the workplace around you
  4. Mastering stress – is all about work-life balance and having strategies to manage everyday stressors,
  5. Interacting cooperatively – Seeking feedback, advice and support including providing support to others
  6. Staying healthy – Maintaining a good level of physical fitness, eating healthily and getting enough rest and sleep.
  7. Building networks – Having strong personal and professional support networks at home and at work to help you to perform well at work.

In order to build a good level of overall resilience, you need to invest in each of these seven components which can, in turn, increase your capacity manage high levels of stress and challenge at work.

Coaching and Resilience

I coach nurses to be resilient at work and help you to identify areas in the 7 components of the resilience at work scale that we will work on together, setting clear goals and developing an action plan that will help you in the workplace.

How Coaching can help

A good coach listens provides a safe confidential space and asks probing questions so that you can consider ways to achieve your individual goals. Too often in life, we have goals and aspirations that in the humdrum of the business of life we file away for a rainy day and never actually achieve. Perhaps our own negative self-beliefs get in the way as we convince ourselves that something is not possible or we don’t have the skills and experience. The truth is that all of us are capable of whatever we set our minds too if we truly want something enough. For Nurses, it might be something as simple as making small changes in your work life balance. Small adjustments made to your own self-care and can have a positive effect on your outlook and sense of wellbeing.

My job is to help you to firstly believe in yourself and then to help you to get where you want to be. If you have never been coached it is one of the best investments that you can make for yourself. My passion is to make coaching accessible for all nurses because of the difference that a coach can make. It made a difference to my life in following my dream to set up my own business to help nurses.

Please contact me if you would like to be coached for a free introductory session.