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Wednesday, June 14 • 14:30 - 16:00
Resilience in Health Workers - Judith Benbow, Carol Tosone

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Resilience in Health Workers

Abstract #95
Title: A mixed methods research study: - Exploring Resilience in Contemporary Nursing Roles in Wales
Presenter: Judith Benbow (Cardiff University, UK)
Introduction: Nursing is a highly stressful occupation. Stress and compassion fatigue are major consequences of healthcare workplace adversity which impacts negatively on care. Staff wellbeing is an important antecedent of patient care. Nurses’ ability to be compassionate is inextricably linked to individual/organisational professional and personal challenges and support available (Maben, 2012).
Methods: To provide novel insights into the intrinsic and extrinsic influences, that shape the resilience of nurses in Wales.   Methods Mixed methods two phased approach, a survey followed by case studies in three diverse settings; utilising focus groups and individual semi structured interviews.  This presentation will focus upon Phase 1, the survey. Between October 2016 and November 2016, registered nurses in Wales were invited to complete an on line/paper based questionnaire, devised for the study; exploring their views about resilience and their work environments. Over 1400 nurses participated, responses were descriptively analysed utilising SPSS and Microsoft word.  
Findings: Early findings from the survey will be discussed within the context of recent research and policy. As well as implications for the Phase 2 case studies. The unique findings will inform practice, education, policy and research of what works well and what could work better to develop resilience of nurses. 

Abstract #227
Title: Understanding the Relationship between Resilience and Posttraumatic Growth in New Orleans Mental Health Responders Working in a Post-Hurricane Katrina Environment
Carol Tosone (New York University Silver School of Social Work, USA)
Introduction: There is some conceptual ambiguity between Resilience and posttraumatic growth (PTG) in the professional literature. This study aimed to provide further clarity by examining the relationship between Resilience and PTG in a group of New Orleans Mental Health Responders (N=219) personally and professionally exposed to Hurricane Katrina.
Methods: Findings indicate that the correlation between Resilience and PTG is, as expected, positive and statistically significant albeit modest (r = .15, p = .024). When controlling for variables associated with Resilience and PTG respectively, Compassion Satisfaction has the greatest overlap. Primary/Secondary Shared Trauma, Posttraumatic Stress, and Compassion Fatigue exhibit moderately strong relationships to Resilience but rather weak relationships to PTG. Conversely, the two remaining control variables, Life Events and Shared Trauma/Professional Posttraumatic Growth, exhibit stronger relationships to PTG than to Resilience.
Findings/Implications: These findings support the interrelationship of resilience and posttraumatic growth, but suggest that each have specific variables more associated with one than the other. These findings have conceptual and clinical implications, contributing further clarity to the debate as to whether PTG is a form of Resilience or a distinct construct.


Judith Benbow

PhD student, Cardiff University

Carol Tosone

New York University

Wednesday June 14, 2017 14:30 - 16:00 SAST
Room 05 Century City Conference Centre

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