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Wellbeing, Self Care and Resilience

Use this guide to find information resources about wellbeing, self care and resilience for nursing staff including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 08/02/2024

Key Resources

RCN: Managing stress
  • We have created resources for you, as an individual, to manage your own stress and access support along with information for managers and RCN reps who will be working, at an organisational level, to create safe and healthy workplaces.
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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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Publication cover Royal College of Nursing (2016) Improving patient outcomes by improving staff health and wellbeing. London: RCN.
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.
RCN advice guide: bullying and harassment
The King’s Fund (no date) Compassionate and inclusive leadership.
West M, Bailey S and Williams E (2020) The courage of compassion. Supporting nurses and midwives to deliver high quality care. London: King’s Fund.
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: Mental health
  • Find information and support for your mental health.
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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.


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Book cover Allen B and Fidderman H (2019) Your health at work: an indispensable guide to physical and mental wellbeing. London: KoganPage.
Book jacket Battye A (2022) Self-care for allied health professionals: from surviving to thriving. London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis.
Book cover Boyd C (2023) Wellbeing strategies for nurses. 2nd edn. (Student survival series). Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.
Book cover Chowthi-Williams A (2023) Wellbeing and resilience for nursing, health and social care students. London: SAGE.
Book cover Chambers C and Ryder E (2018) Supporting compassionate healthcare practice: understanding the role of resilience, positivity and wellbeing. London: Routledge.
Book jacket Drayton M (2021) Anti-burnout: how to create a psychologically safe and high-performance organisation. Milton: Taylor and Francis.
Book cover Hasson G and Butler D (2020) Mental health and wellbeing in the workplace: a practical guide for employers and employees. Newark: John Wiley & Sons.
Book cover Hughes R, Kinder A and Cooper C L (2018) The wellbeing workout: how to manage stress and develop resilience. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
Book cover Kuipers S (2021) The thriving giver: 7 principles for health professionals and caregivers to enhance self-care and prevent burnout. Tadley: Practical Inspiration Publishing.
Book cover Mealer M (2019) Coping with caring: a nurse’s guide to better health and job satisfaction. Milton: Productivity Press.
Book cover Traynor M (2019) Stories of resilience in nursing: tales from the frontline of nursing. Milton: Taylor and Francis Group.
Book cover West M A (2021) Compassionate leadership: sustaining wisdom, humanity and presence in health and social care. The Swirling Leaf Press.

Book subject searches

Use these links to see details of books the RCN libraries hold on each topic.


Use these links for details of journal articles on each topic.

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RCN Library staff

Abigail Kleboe

Editor of this guide

RCN Library and Archive Service

Page last updated - 08/02/2024