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Wellbeing, Self Care and Resilience

Nursing staff need to look after themselves as well as others. If they lead an organisation or manage others the wellbeing of their staff is an added concern. Use this guide to find information resources about wellbeing, self care and resilience.

Last updated: 16/08/2019

Key Resources

RCN advice guide: bullying and harassment
Royal College of Nursing (2015) Stress and you: a guide for nursing staff, London: RCN. Royal College of Nursing (2015) Stress and you: a guide for nursing staff, London: RCN.
Royal College of Nursing (2016) Improving patient outcomes by improving staff health and wellbeing, London: RCN.
RCN: Healthy workplace, healthy you
  • This resource supports employers and RCN representatives to improve working environments. It also supports nursing staff to lead healthy lifestyles so they can maintain their physical and mental wellbeing.
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Trades Union Congress (TUC): Work and suicide
  • A guide to prevention for trade union activists
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Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS): Mental health in the workplace
Health and Safety Executive: Stress at work resources
NHS: Moodzone
  • Whatever you need to know about coping with stress, anxiety or depression, or just the normal emotional ups and downs of life, the NHS Moodzone is here to help. It offers practical advice, interactive tools, videos and audio guides to help you feel mentally and emotionally better.
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Reading Well: Books on Prescription
  • Helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self help reading. The scheme is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries.
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We would like to thank the RCN Counselling Service for their input into the development of this subject guide.

Books

Allen B and Fidderman H (2019) Your health at work: an indispensable guide to physical and mental wellbeing, London: KoganPage. Allen B and Fidderman H (2019) Your health at work: an indispensable guide to physical and mental wellbeing, London: KoganPage.
Anisman H (2015) Stress and your health: from vulnerability to resilience, Chichester: Wiley. Anisman H (2015) Stress and your health: from vulnerability to resilience, Chichester: Wiley.
Chambers C and Ryder E (2018) Supporting compassionate healthcare practice: understanding the role of resilience, positivity and wellbeing, London: Routledge. Chambers C and Ryder E (2018) Supporting compassionate healthcare practice: understanding the role of resilience, positivity and wellbeing, London: Routledge.
Ashton D, Ripman J, and Williams P (2017) How to be a nurse or midwife leader, Chichester: Wiley Blackwell. Ashton D, Ripman J, and Williams P (2017) How to be a nurse or midwife leader, Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.
Gribben M, McLellan S, McGirr D and Chenery-Morris S (2017) How to survive your nursing or midwifery course: a toolkit for success, Los Angeles: SAGE. Gribben M, McLellan S, McGirr D and Chenery-Morris S (2017) How to survive your nursing or midwifery course: a toolkit for success, Los Angeles: SAGE.
Bharwaney G (2015) Emotional resilience: know what it takes to be agile, adaptable and perform at your best, Harlow: Pearson. Bharwaney G (2015) Emotional resilience: know what it takes to be agile, adaptable and perform at your best, Harlow: Pearson.
Parry S (2017) Effective self-care and resilience in clinical practice: dealing with stress, compassion fatigue and burnout, London: Jessica Kingsley. Parry S (2017) Effective self-care and resilience in clinical practice: dealing with stress, compassion fatigue and burnout, London: Jessica Kingsley.
Skovholt T and Trotter-Mathison M (2015) The resilient practitioner: burnout, compassion fatigue prevention, and self-care strategies for the helping professions (3rd edition), London: Routledge. Skovholt T and Trotter-Mathison M (2015) The resilient practitioner: burnout, compassion fatigue prevention, and self-care strategies for the helping professions (3rd edition), London: Routledge.
Smith R and Ascough J (2016) Promoting emotional resilience: cognitive-affective stress management training, New York: Guilford Publications Inc. Smith R and Ascough J (2016) Promoting emotional resilience: cognitive-affective stress management training, New York: Guilford Publications Inc.
Todaro-Franceschi V (2019) Compassion fatigue and burnout in nursing: enhancing professional quality of life (2nd edition), New York: Springer. Todaro-Franceschi V (2019) Compassion fatigue and burnout in nursing: enhancing professional quality of life (2nd edition), New York: Springer.
Traynor M (2017) Critical resilience for nurses: an evidence-based guide to survival and change in the modern NHS, London: Taylor and Francis. Traynor M (2017) Critical resilience for nurses: an evidence-based guide to survival and change in the modern NHS, London: Taylor and Francis.
Waddill-Goad S (2016) Nurse burnout: overcoming stress in nursing, Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International. Waddill-Goad S (2016) Nurse burnout: overcoming stress in nursing, Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International.
Wallbank S (2016) The restorative resilience model of supervision: a reader exploring resilience to workplace stress in health and social care professionals, Hove: Pavilion Publishing and Media.

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RCN Events video on demand: Overcoming isolation and loneliness in nursing
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