The symbiotic relationship of vulnerability and resilience in nursing

East, L, Heaslip, VA ORCID: and Jackson, D 2019, 'The symbiotic relationship of vulnerability and resilience in nursing' , Contemporary Nurse, 56 (1) , pp. 14-22.

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Background: Whilst the terms vulnerability and resilience are commonly used within professional nursing discourses, they are often poorly understood. Vulnerability is often framed negatively and linked to being at risk of harm, whilst resilience is often perceived as the ability to withstand challenges. Aim: The aim of this paper is to explore resilience and vulnerability; re-positioning them within the context of contemporary professional nursing practice. Design: Discussion paper. Method: Drawing upon historical and contemporary international literature, both concepts are de-constructed and then re-constructed, examining them from the position of patient care as well as from the perspective of nurses and the nursing profession. Conclusion: Resilience and vulnerability have an interdependent relationship as resilience comes into play in situations of vulnerability. Yet, contrary to the popular discourse they are multi-faceted, complex phenomena based on factors such as individual circumstances, supports, and resources.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Contemporary Nurse
Publisher: e-Content management
ISSN: 1037-6178
Depositing User: VA Heaslip
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2022 13:48
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2022 13:48

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