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Fostering Resilience and Unity: A Call to Reclaim the Essence of Nursing


The pressing challenges from the evolving nursing landscape have cast a shadow upon our once unshakable sense of pride in the nursing profession. The fabric of our community has been frayed, revealing the need for collective introspection, support and strategic actions to restore the resilience and unity that define us.

One of the concerning trends we are seeing is the departure of experienced nurses from the profession. This has left a knowledge gap that is taking a toll on new graduates. When I joined the profession, I had the advantage of relying heavily on my nursing colleagues for their advice and mentorship, and now we’re seeing many newer nurses missing out on that guidance.

The problems we’re facing have changed how our teams work together. Our once friendly and collaborative environment is starting to change in a way that might harm our unity. We’re at a crucial point with many choices ahead, and we have a chance to make things better by encouraging teamwork and camaraderie in our workplaces.

Over the years, research has consistently highlighted the crucial role of workplace friendships in fostering resilience.

We must recognize this fact and actively work towards rebuilding supportive networks that empower us to face the challenges of our profession with strength and solidarity.

With growing levels of moral distress impacting nurses, I have heard from several nurses who are feeling disengaged.

In some instances, this is making existing problems worse and can even lead to workplace tensions and bullying toward each other. We must come together as teams again, rebuild our relationships and find ways to connect with the caring and supportive people we are outside of work.

In response to these challenges, I implore you to embark on a journey of reflection and action. Let us come together to reclaim the essence of our profession and revitalize our sense of pride and unity.

Embrace mentorship as a powerful tool to reignite passion where seasoned nurses can inspire their newer colleagues by providing professional guidance, emotional support and encouragement.

Be proactive and plan to practice self-care through nutrition, exercise, spending time with loved ones or any other activity that helps you re-center yourself and connect with the people who are important to you. As difficult as it can be to prioritize our well-being, we can better provide the high level of care our patients deserve when we do so.

Contact your coworkers to check in on their well-being and offer a compassionate ear. These steps are also essential to restoring our resilience and unity. Small acts of kindness can go a long way in rekindling the pride of those feeling disheartened or isolated.

Unite your voices to advocate for systemic changes to address the root causes of declining morale in this profession.

Engage with healthcare leaders and policymakers to champion solutions that foster a positive and nurturing work environment.

Lastly, as we stand at this crossroads, let us remember that the strength of our profession lies in our collective resilience and unwavering commitment to excellence. Together, we can triumph over our hardships and emerge more robust and united than ever.

Wishing you all renewed resilience and a profound sense of pride in our shared journey.

Dickon Worsley

Dickon Worsley, RPN
President, WeRPN