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The symbiotic relationship of vulnerability and resilience in Nursing.

East, L., Heaslip, V. and Jackson, D., 2020. The symbiotic relationship of vulnerability and resilience in Nursing. Contemporary Nurse, 56 (1), 14-22.

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DOI: 10.1080/10376178.2019.1670709


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
Uncontrolled Keywords:vulnerable ; vulnerability ; nursing ; healthcare ; resilience ; patient care
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:32781
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:19 Sep 2019 15:05
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:17


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