Exploring resilience in paediatric oncology nursing staff

Melissa Zander, Alison Hutton, Lindy King

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    Abstract

    Resilience has been suggested as an important coping strategy for nurses working in demanding settings, such as paediatric oncology. This qualitative study explored paediatric oncology nurses' perceptions of their development of resilience and how this resilience underpinned their ability to deal with work-related stressors. Five paediatric oncology nurses were interviewed about their understanding of the concept of resilience, their preferred coping mechanisms, and their day-today work in paediatric oncology.Using thematic analysis, the interviews were subsequently grouped together into seventeen initial themes. These themes were then grouped into seven major aspects that described how the participants perceived resilience underpinned their work. These " seven aspects of forming resilience" contributed to an initial understanding of how paediatric oncology nurses develop resilience in the face of their personal and professional challenges.Several key strategies derived from the findings, such as improved rostering, support to a nurse's friend and family, and a clinical support nursing role, could be implemented at an organizational level to support resilience development within the paediatric oncology setting.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)17-25
    Number of pages9
    JournalCollegian
    Volume20
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013

    Keywords

    • Coping
    • Paediatric oncology nursing
    • Resilience
    • Stress

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