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The phenomenon of resilience in crisis care mental health clinicians

Edward, Karen-Leigh 2005, The phenomenon of resilience in crisis care mental health clinicians, International journal of mental health nursing, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 142-148, doi: 10.1111/j.1440-0979.2005.00371.x.

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Title The phenomenon of resilience in crisis care mental health clinicians
Author(s) Edward, Karen-Leigh
Journal name International journal of mental health nursing
Volume number 14
Issue number 2
Start page 142
End page 148
Publisher Wiley Interscience
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1445-8330
1447-0349
Keyword(s) community psychiatric nursing
education and practice development
mental health care
phenomenology
Summary The purpose of this study, undertaken in 2003, was to explore the phenomenon of resilience as experienced by Australian crisis care mental health clinicians working in a highly demanding, complex, specialized and stressful environment. For the purpose of this research, the term 'resilience' was defined as the ability of an individual to bounce back from adversity and persevere through difficult times. The six participants for this study were drawn from Melbourne metropolitan mental health organizations – the disciplines of nursing, allied health and medicine. A number of themes were explicated from the participants' interview transcripts – Participants identified the experience of resilience through five exhaustive descriptions, which included: 'The team is a protective veneer to the stress of the work'; Sense of self; Faith and hope; Having insight; and Looking after yourself. These exhaustive descriptions were integrated into a fundamental structure of resilience for clinicians in this role. The study's findings have the potential to inform organizations in mental health to promote resilience in clinicians, with the potential to reduce the risk of burnout and hence staff attrition, and promote staff retention and occupational mental health.

Notes Published Online: 16 May 2005
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-0979.2005.00371.x
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©1999-2009 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004432

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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