Resilience and Change
Change is part of our daily healthcare environment. Clinical nursing judgments based on quality and safety, as well as protocols and standards, reflect our patient-centered care values.
What steps could you take to develop more resilience in your practice setting?
How might you communicate a change in practice to patients and nursing peers?
Resilience and Change
Resilience is the ability to face negative situations, stay motivated, and continuing being positive for future (Kester & Wei, 2018). Generally, resilience is a key for individuals and organizations, not only for coping with unwanted change and stressful situations but equally for thriving in work and life.
Steps To Take Towards Developing More Resilience in Practice Setting
More resilience can be developed in the nurse’s practice setting, and this can be completed by following several steps. As a nurse, the first step I can use is finding a sense of purpose (Davda, 2017). Usually, having structure, meaning and commitment will help create more resilience. A clear sense of purpose thus can help access setbacks in the framework of a wider based perspective. This may be attained through considering what and who is essential when stressed and under pressure and similarly reflecting on why and what is done in the setting. The second step can be developing problem-solving strategies. Perceiving situations, solving problems, and managing change are essential in developing more resilience. The third step can be through maintaining self-awareness. Reflection promotes learning, new views, and a degree of self-awareness that may improve resilience. This can be attained by looking back at the memorable and challenging involvements from the practice. The fourth step would involve embracing the change. Here, flexibility comes in as an essential part of resilience. Via learning how to be more flexible, one becomes better equipped to react when facing an unexpected practice challenge. The fifth step would involve becoming a continuous learner (Davda, 2017). It would be good to learn new skills, gain a new understanding and apply them during times of change. Holding on to old behaviors’ is discouraged, mainly when it’s obvious it doesn’t work. I would therefore begin thinking of what drives the old behaviors and bad practices and if a ‘safe way’ is always the most helpful. Finally, I would take positive action. This would help bring a feeling of revitalization and eventually more resilience.
How to Communicate Change in Practice to the Patients and Nursing Peers
Applying change in healthcare setting is a common thing. Although, the way in which a change is communicated to patients and peers is essential in defining its success. So, in this case, when informing the patient and peers I would apply effective communication. I would then be honest and clear on what will change. I would then tell the patients and their peers what to expect and what is required of them. Similarly, I would explain how the change would occur. During communication, I would consider what the emotional impact change will have on the patients and peers. Finally, I would inspire them to provide feedback to get their views over changes. It would be easier to execute a successful change by giving complete details and being clear.
Davda. (2017, October 31). Seven steps to developing your resilience. Changeboard. https://www.changeboard.com/article-details/14762/seven-steps-to-developing-your-resilience/
Kester, K., & Wei, H. (2018). Building nurse resilience. Nursing Management, 49(6), 42-45. Doi: 10.1097/01.NUMA.0000533768.28005.36