Residential aged care nurses: portraits of resilience

  • Vicki Catherine Cope, Bronwyn Jones, Joyce Hendricks
  • Contemporary Nurse, October 2016, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/10376178.2016.1246950

Residential aged care nurses: portraits of resilience

What is it about?

This article explores aged care nurses working in interim, rehabilitation and residential aged care perceptions of resilience. and in particular how the nurses remain resilient in their work environment. Through the qualitative methodology of Portraiture the personal pictures of nurses resilience is 'painted by words'.

Why is it important?

What is shown through the aged care nursing portraits is that these nurses are survivors and victors, actively engaged in their own empowerment, resistance and resilience.


Associate Professor Vicki Cope
Murdoch University

The aged care nursing sector is often left out of the gamut of research undertaken on and in acute care environments. This research illuminates that these nurses did not find their work a daily grind, but rather found it to be part of the purpose of their life where they focus on the challenges within their system in an optimistic way, encouraged by the social support of colleagues and others, valuing the culture of nursing and the legacy of care that they can leave behind.

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