1st Edition

Nursing, COVID and the End of Resilience A Critical Approach

By Michael Traynor Copyright 2025
    136 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    136 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

     This book looks at the way in which resilience has been promoted as a resource for nurses during the Covid-19 pandemic and addresses its limitations as a response to the potential trauma of working in intense healthcare contexts. Traynor examines the nature of trauma and moral distress in nursing work, which predates the most recent pandemic that brought it into sharp relief, and links this to discussions of resilience in nursing. He discusses differing understandings of trauma, identifying and detailing positive approaches to dealing with it and its aftereffects.

    In a wide-ranging book that draws together critiques of the happiness industry and PPE scandals, this book lays bare government and managerial reactions to the pandemic, alongside individual, sometimes harrowing, accounts. Its author sets out the impact of working during Covid-19 on the profession and its members in terms of support, solidarity and fragmentation.

    Drawing on a critical analysis of responses to the pandemic from the government, regulatory bodies, the NHS, and the media, along with primary research with nurses and therapists who have worked through the pandemic, this book is a vital contribution for all those interested in resilience, trauma, wellbeing and workforce development in nursing.



    1: An alternative chronology

    2: The end of resilience

    3: COVID, nursing and the PPE millionaires

    4: The dark side of the nursing response to Covid-19

    5 Nurses and the vaccine roll-out: good news amid the chaos?

    6 Trauma is never far away

    7: Finding meaning in extreme situations

    Chapter 8: The future of nursing: where did normal go and what can we learn from system resilience?


    Michael Traynor: recently Professor of Nursing Policy, Middlesex University, London, and now independent scholar and writer about UK nursing.