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Nurse Leader Resilience

Career Defining Moments

Cline, Susan MSN, MBA, RNC, NEA-BC

Nursing Administration Quarterly: April/June 2015 - Volume 39 - Issue 2 - p 117–122
doi: 10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000087
Original Articles

Resilience is an essential component of effective nursing leadership. It is defined as the ability to survive and thrive in the face of adversity. Resilience can be developed and internalized as a measure to improve retention and reduce burnout. Nurse leaders at all levels should develop these competencies to survive and thrive in an increasingly complex health care environment. Building positive relationships, maintaining positivity, developing emotional insight, creating work-life balance, and reflecting on successes and challenges are effective strategies for resilience building. Nurse leaders have a professional obligation to develop resilience in themselves, the teams they supervise, and the organization as a whole. Additional benefits include reduced turnover, reduced cost, and improved quality outcomes through organizational mindfulness.

Cultures of Excellence, Creative Health Care Management, Minneapolis, MN.

Correspondence: Susan Cline, MSN, MBA, RNC, NEA-BC, Cultures of Excellence, Creative Health Care Management, PO Box 396, Donnelly, ID 83615 (

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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