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Resilience in Nursing - A Conference

  • : Rockhampton QLD 4700


Includes: Emotional Intelligence; Leadership; Mind-Body Relationship; Positive Attitude; Self-Care; Managing Grief and Survival in 2016 ...


Resilience is a core human strength that enables health and well-being of self and others. Poor resilience is associated with stress and burnout and can affect patient outcomes. Attend this conference to inject some inspiration into your practice and discover:

  • Are you resilient?
  • Why are some people seemingly unaffected by stressful circumstances?
  • What is the link between resilience and high quality care?
  • How can resilience be learned?
  • Are compassion and empathy affected by resilience?
  • Which strategies will enhance personal resilience?

Don’t miss this opportunity to start 2016 on a high note - book now!


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Day One



Associate Professor Brigid Gillespie

The Resilient Practitioner: Building Workplace Resilience

Resilience in nursing is key to maintaining wellbeing and professional stability. This introductory session includes:

  • What impact does resilience have on the delivery and quality of care?
  • Can resilience be learned?
  • Theories of resilience
  • Is resilience a core skill for nurses in today’s healthcare scene?


Karen-Ann Clarke

How Resilient Are You?

There are tools which can be used to determine your personal level of resilience and which can also be used in your workplace. In this short session you will have the opportunity to complete a resilience scale and reflect on your performance.



Veronica Mercer

Why Engaging in Positive Psychology is Essential

Positivity affects perceptions, attitudes, and expectations. Positive emotions have been shown to increase feelings of energy, help you cope with adversity, and feel more optimistic about life. To successfully survive we need to create a positive culture that promotes camaraderie and teamwork. Includes:

  • What is meant by ‘positive psychology’?
  • Is an attitude of positivity a learned behaviour?
  • How can it be integrated into in day-to-day stressful work environments?


Wendy Hawksworth

When Perception is the Wild Card

How you perceive situations affects your response to them and ultimately is reflected in your level of resilience. In this session a light will be shone on the role of emotional Intelligence and how it assist you to be more resilient. Includes:

  • How does perception alter a person’s response to stress and change?
  • What is the relationship between emotional intelligence and perception?



Anneke Bull

Resilience in the Face of Chronic Illness

The diagnosis of any chronic progressive illness can be a traumatic experience. People wonder how they will be able to cope and health care professionals wonder how they can help those so affected. Although resilience is commonly associated with coping with trauma, catastrophic events, or personal tragedy, increasing attention is being paid to resilience in response to chronic illness. This session reflects on:

  • How can nurses help a chronically ill person by building resilience?
  • What are practical ways to promote coping skills?
  • What effect do social support groups and disease education have on patient’s self-care?



Anneke Bull

Promoting Resilience in Patients

When a person becomes a ‘patient’ there is a shift in the locus of control from person to practitioner. This can cause a profound sense of vulnerability at a time when a person is unwell. People respond to this situation in different ways. This session looks at the evidence for nurses to promote resilience in patient and includes:

  • How can nurses encourage and build family resilience?
  • How does this relate to healing and patient satisfaction?
  • Will the future of technologically advanced healthcare encourage resilience?


Day Two



Kathy Ahern

A Necessary Leadership Attribute?

All nurses are in a pivotal position to increase resiliency within their team. Nurse leaders who can develop this attribute in themselves and others are important assets for organisational survival in the future. Nurses can be instrumental in developing resilience through education. Research has shown that ongoing education in this area yields lasting results and should be encouraged. This session considers the relationship between resilience and leadership.


Karen-Ann Clarke

Resilience and Professional Relationships

Robust social supports are important ways for building emotional resilience. When difficult situations and adversity in your work setting occur, constructive collegial relationships are essential. This session includes:

  • What makes a work environment supportive?
  • How to encourage genuine collegiality
  • How did you fare on your self assessment of resilience?
  • How can a culture of resilience be created?



Karen-Ann Clarke

Surviving and Thriving in Nursing Today

Nursing is currently in a state of profound flux which is going to require strong and resilient leadership if it is to progress successfully as a profession. This session looks at how nursing can not only survive but thrive amongst this time of volatility and uncertainty. Includes:

  • Why are so many nurses choosing to remain in nursing?
  • Why do some nurses not only survive but even thrive despite a climate of workplace adversity?
  • Looking out for your colleagues...


Rachel Jones

Strong Body - Strong Mind

There is a link between a feeling of confidence and positivity and physical strength. People who regularly exercise often pride themselves on their ability to achieve more because they feel fitter. This session explores the relationship of exercise to an ability to bounce back under duress. Includes:

  • Is there a physiological basis for exercise creating a sense of wellbeing?
  • What is the connection between physical strength and emotional resilience?
  • What are simple ways to introduce exercise into your workplace?



Professor Judith Murray

Grief: The Journey From Suffering to Resilience

Research indicates that bereaved people often have poorer health and psychological outcomes and not all people recover at the same pace - if at all. A person’s level of resilience in the face of loss may shape and determine the outcome. This session will focus on strategies that can be used to assist in those in the grieving process and improve health outcomes.Topics include:

  • The bereavement pathway
  • Counselling strategies
  • Other strategies for coping



Dean King

A Self Care Approach to Building Personal Resilience

If we cannot be resilient personally how can we be resilient in the work setting? Increasing personal resilience is a strategy for surviving and thriving in the face of workplace adversity. This final session will explore:

  • How can neuroplasticity help us understand resilience?
  • What impact do our belief and value systems play in staying resilient?
  • 7 techniques to building resilience


The Goal Need for Program

Resilience is the ability to bounce back or cope effectively despite adverse circumstances. Nurses often deal with problems that affect their ability to remain resilient. They need to look for solutions to become knowledgeable about how to be and remain resilient in the modern workplace. Resilience is also a key to the delivery of good care. A program that examines resiliency and its application to nurses and their practice is timely.

Purpose of Program

The purpose of this conference is to re-energise nurses and equip them with the skills and knowledge to increase their and others resilience and is so doing, improve patient care.

Your learning outcomes:

Use reflection to gain insight into your personal level of resilience and enhance your ability to provide quality patient outcomes

Discuss strategies that can build resilience in yourself so as to better cope with the many changes occurring in healthcare

Describe the relationship of resilience to the delivery of quality patient care and apply evidence on resilience to your health care setting

Formulate strategies to enhance workplace resilience and create an environment where nurses thrive


Karen-Ann Clarke

Karen-Ann Clarke

Karen-Ann Clarke is a Registered General and Mental Health Nurse. She has a Master's degree in Mental Health Nursing and ... Read More

Kathy Ahern

Kathy Ahern

Kathy, now retired, worked at The University of Queensland’s School of Nursing and Midwifery for 15 years, mainly as a ... Read More

Rachel  Jones

Rachel Jones

Rachel Jones completed a Master of Applied Psychology specialising in Sport and Exercise at The University of Queensland. Rachel ...Read More

Judith Murray

Judith Murray

Judith Murray holds two part-time positions in psychology and nursing having qualifications in education, psychology and nursing. She is an ... Read More

Brigid Gillespie

Brigid Gillespie

Dr Brigid Gillespie is an Associate Professor with NHMRC Research Centre for Clinical Excellence in Nursing Interventions for Hospitalised Patients ... Read More

Veronica Mercer

Veronica Mercer

Veronica Mercer worked as a nurse for 15 years in community and hospital settings, and now works in private practice. ... Read More

Wendy Hawksworth

Wendy Hawksworth

Wendy Hawksworth is a mental health nurse who has worked in mental health for more than 30 years in Australia, ... Read More

Anneke Bull

Anneke Bull

Anneke Bull is a highly qualified Credentialed Mental Health and Registered Nurse. Anneke holds a Master in Mental Health, a ... Read More

Dean King

Dean King

Dean King is a highly qualified healthcare professional with over 28 years of industry experience. He specialises in communication engagement ... Read More

Resilience in Nursing - A Conference
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$671.00 (two days)
Rockhampton QLD 4700
Mercure Hotel Brisbane, 85-87 North Quay
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