March 16th, 2021


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.

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Interesting that the podcast mentioned focusing on the bottom of Maslow's hierarchy first. There was an article several years ago in OJIN that focused on that exactly, and did a crosswalk between Maslow and healthy work environment.

Groff Paris, L., Terhaar, M., (December 7, 2010) "Using Maslow’s Pyramid and the National Database of
Nursing Quality Indicators™ to Attain a Healthier Work Environment" OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing
Vol. 16 No. 1.
DOI: 10.3912/OJIN.Vol16No01PPT05

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Hi Robin:

It's interesting that you learned through a podcast. Do you have ideas about ways nursing schools could teach that same information? Would that have been helpful to you?

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