Who Cares For The Nurses

The modern day context for Nursing has it could be argued, has led to an increase in stress levels amongst all grades of Nursing worldwide. The rapid development of digital and artificial technology are looming large on the health care horizon. Nursing now more than ever needs to clearly articulate the difference that a nurse makes to patient care and to be influencers in the digital technological advancements that are being seriously considered in terms of what part of roles could be undertaken by artificial intelligence. Many nurses are struggling with increasing administrative demands and an ever growing to do list that reduces the amount of time that they have to walk the floor and listen to patient care experience, hear suggestions from their staff and foster a bottom up approach to safety, quality and risk management.

Resilience

Resilience is a popular term in the nursing literature and there is much debate about how to increase nursing resilience in order to be able to cope with the rapidly changing health care environment. Nurses of today have many competing demands on their time in terms of managing staffing, budget efficiencies, key performance indicators and responding to patient feedback, to name a few Nurses are time poor as a result of the ever increasing demands on their time. The Oxford English dictionary defines resilience as “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness and the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity”

The nursing academic literature would seem to suggest that the nurses of today do indeed need to be tough and recover quickly from challenging situations. The dilemma being how can a caring profession be both tough and expected to recover quickly in today’s challenging health care arena.

Nursing is first and foremost a caring profession. Most nurses I know want to be nurses because of the rewards that caring for patient brings. The patients of today expect nurses to provide care at a point in their lives when they are the most vulnerable, a message that comes across time and time again through patient survey feedback in health care organisations globally; yet, despite the increase in patient surveys being undertaken little has changed in reality and the quest for patient satisfaction

Self-Care

It could be argued that in this world of rapid technological growth, the increase in managerial and analytical requirements along with quality indicators and numerous audit activities, budgetary and staffing restraints along with the ever-increasing health care costs that a very important factor has been missed, who cares for the carers?

Self-care we all know begins with self and something that nurses can find incredibly difficult to do at the end of a frenetic shift, often with shift deficits, high agency usage and a rapid exodus of senior nursing staff who are leaving the profession at a rate of knots.

More research needs to be undertaken into nursing resilience and an acknowledgement that resilience is multi-faceted and is a state, not a trait and that there are many variables that interplay with personal and team resilience.

My mission is to raise awareness on the topic of nurse resilience that is something very close to my heart and to provide assessment, coaching and support that helps nurses begin to identify those factors that can be boosted on an individual level

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