With the PRP we considered two sources of stress Organisational Sress176.01 KB and Personal. This page addresses Personal resilience.
NBP clinical work is potentially stressful for a number of reasons: The scientific aspect of this work can be qualitative, complex and imprecise. This can be a struggle for those who like clarity and perfection. By its nature, the work is chronic and insoluble. This can be a struggle for those who like resolution, particularly when services are not structured for longitudinal care.
At a personal level, NBP clinical work can be challenging to boundaries. We may feel responsible for solutions to problems that we cannot fix. The work is intimate and personal. Many of the issues may be individually difficult, such as conflict and despair. These can take their personal toll.
Collectively the work often happens in team environment. As we mix with those from different professions, we may find our roles uncerain. We may struggle with the different levels of insight and perspective. This can be further emphasised by setting. Those in the community lose the implicit heirachies of hospital systems.
How do we adapt? Do we spend too much time at work? Do we drink too much, neglect our health care, slide through demoralisation into depression?
This program is more than just understanding and managing stress. It is the pursuit of personal well-being, it is the pursuit of sustainability. It is the ability to learn, and grow as an effective, efficient clinician.
Personal Resilience Tools
We have put together the following tools to help
Quick Wins 112.96 KB - a way to get started
Building Resilience 203.69 KB - a detailed consideration of personal strategies
Building Resilience Worksheets 253.11 KB - tools to go with the Building Resilience discussion paper.
Resources 174.68 KB - a comprehensive set of books, websites, articles and other resources
For more about burnout, measurement of stress and what you can do, please see Additional Reading.