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5 Ways to Increase Emotional Resilience For Nurses

5 Ways to Increase Emotional Resilience For Nurses

Nursing is a profession that requires a long span of emotional resilience due to the loads of pressure and mandatory prioritization of their patients’ health. Whether paid or not in the hospital, nurses are expected to provide a nursing care to anyone who is need. It is truly a heroic yet one of the most difficult job indeed, and a society would soon to perish without these nurses’ genuine loyalty to their nursing code and conduct. For that reason, this article provides a good set of tips and tricks that could help in increasing the emotional resilience of nurses, giving them the chance to perform such duties at their best and optimal state this COVID-19 pandemic.

1. Awareness of ones’ emotions. A person who is ignorant to his or her own needs are as unreasonable as a person fighting against an armed opponent. So, always take one’s feelings and emotions a big deal because neglection is the root of all the other problems.

2. Provision of attention and action. Being aware is never enough, so giving attention is all about helping oneself to be cured and take care of the detected emotional or mental problems. Remember that a human mind could be both a friend and an enemy depending on how they are being managed, thus paying attention, and using the observation would be the most rational thing for a student nurse to do.

3. Listening to inner voices. Inner voices are also called self-talks when a person tend to think about several things during their decision makings. As a nursing student, it is appropriate to take their time listening to their voices and be active at questioning whether the selected decision will give birth to a positive or negative change.

4. Maintenance of self-care. Everything changes when a person starts to care and bring love to themselves. Student nurses need emotional resilience and having a strong one will only be developed if they do not only depend to the people around them. So, being able to self-care will give them the enlightenment of independence and courage to live for themselves as well.

5. Learning and not regretting to failures. Student nurses should already be aware that they have millions of failures to encounter once they have chosen to take the nursing profession. Not to mention, there would be times that their nursing care plan might also worsen a patient’s illness, so they must know that these possible situations must not bring them down. Failures are opportunities for learning and not a set of memories that will make them stuck due to regretting.

Takeaway: Nurses are the guardian angels of the humankind. Their profession mandates them to develop an altruistic personality and skills; however, they are still flawed humans living with limits. This does not mean that they cannot do anything about it, so there are several ways in order to reduce the negative impacts of failures and mistakes. Being able to gain a strong emotional resilience is a one true protection of nurses, allowing them to live by their failures by using them as the stepping stones up to their success.


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