Public Health: Resilience in Nursing

The worldwide demand for nurses due to the shortage crisis is critical and of great interest. The Bureau of Labor Statistics suggest an increment rise of 12% demand of nurses in the next eight years as compared to any other professions (Rajamohan et al., 2020). Globally, nurses are complaining of burnout, which results in provision of dissatisfying services. Relationships with self and others, exercising care of the body mind and spirit, soul emotional care, and transformative thinking (REST) has been recommended to students and practicing nurses to build their resilience.

For relationships with self and others, nurses must understand their emotions while in a stressful environment. Being religious aids in building the reason for human life, thus increasing resilience. Having a mentor also helps in the buildup of resilience in students. Changes in chemical composition are important, especially when performing activities. Sleep is vital for mental health and accelerates learning. For soul or emotional care, understanding mythology is beneficial as the soul is an environment where resilience is evaluated (Rajamohan et al., 2020). Knowledge in transformative thinking is perceived to be powerful, promoting self-compassion, reflective nursing, and aiding students to focus on the bigger outcomes while facing challenges.

Resilience is a notion of great concern especially for health care providers such as nurses and may lead to increased cases of burnout if not addressed. In current nursing practice, nurses, especially in the clinical setup, do not remove their emotions when faced with challenges. Nursing managers project their emotions to student nurses in many situations of clinical practice. After service delivery to patients, reflective nursing is not practiced. The health care system should enhance policies to support resilience, offer continuous medical education to nurses and student nurses regarding the importance of using mnemonic REST.

Reference

Rajamohan, S., Davis, C. R., & Ader, M. (2020). REST: Breakthrough to resilience. Nursing2020, 50(8), 53-56. Web.