I heard recently in a nursing podcast about resilience and how we are focusing on the wrong things- the top of the Maslow hierarchy and not the bottom. For the bedside nurse in the throes of the realities of taking care of patients in our current environment, we need to be asking 4 core questions:
Do you feel safe at work?
Do you feel you can deliver safe patient care?
Do you have time to recover from an emotional event?
At work, do you feel isolated/alone in a crowd (your co-workers)?
If the answers to these are yes & no for the last, the nurse is demonstrating resiliency and can recover from those bad, stressful days all nurses have. These questions are a good jumping off point to discuss resiliency with new nurses and help with self discovery about what resiliency can mean.