The nursing profession is under pressure. Financial demands, student debt, the target culture, political scrutiny in the wake of major care scandals and increasing workloads are all taking their toll on professional morale and performance. This timely book considers the meaning of resilience in this adverse context and explains why measures to preserve individual nurses’ and students’ well-being are flawed if they don’t take into account wider political and organizational perspectives.
Arguing that healthcare can be thought about and experienced differently, this book:
Direct, upbeat, at times provocative and witty, this agenda-setting book enables nurses to understand why they feel the way they do. It also lists what opportunities are available to them to change, resist and survive in what has become a complex, challenging – if still deeply rewarding – line of work.
Chapter 1. Resilience: where did it come from? Research on resilience and its use in nursing Chapter 2. The limits of resilience: introducing ‘critical resilience’ Chapter 3. How compassionate are you? Chapter 4. Nursing work is difficult work and what to do about it Chapter 5. Nursing: whose idea was it anyway? Chapter 6. Politicians—part of the solution and part of the problem Chapter 7. Being a student, being a worker Chapter 8. Critical resilience and critical theory Chapter 9.Nursing solidarity, organising and resistance