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Building resilience: Self-care strategies for nurses

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Nurses are expected to fit in huge workloads and tasks often under pressure as unexpected outcomes occur frequently. The cost of such demands can often leave them overloaded and exhausted. At times their enjoyment of their work suffers along with the quality of care they are able to offer their patients.

This dynamic and highly relevant workshop explores the nature of difficulties associated with working in this role. Participants will learn to dissolve daily discomforts and improve wellbeing by learning simple and practical techniques that are easy, enjoyable and highly effective.

This short course is conducted over one day and is equivalent to 7 continuing professional development (CPD) hours. Please note that this program is subject to change.

Key learning outcomes

On completion participants will be able to:

  • identify factors that affects their individual wellbeing
  • develop an ongoing routine for daily self-care in order to offer optimal care for others
  • discuss strategies to build emotional resilience
  • create an individual action plan with a goal to improve overall personal wellbeing
  • use practical tools and techniques to reduce discomfort and stress during work hours.

Dates and locations

We are currently finalising our calendar of CPD short courses for the first half of 2017. If you would like to be informed when dates are announced, you can register for email notifications

If you would like to tell us which courses you would like to see in your area, please click here to complete a short survey.


RN member $187.50

EN member $153.50

RN non-member $219.50 EN non-member $186.00


9.00amWelcome and introductions

Depleted energy levels of nurses and the need to stay balanced


Facilitation/explanation of experiential technique to achieve the above goals

10.45amMorning tea

The tendency to be affected by others

11.45amFacilitation/explanation of technique associated with the above goals

The effects of stress on nurses and carers and the need to reduce it

Discussion of techniques which can reduce stress 


Opening up the ability to self-care

2.45pmAfternoon tea

Tools and tips to use in the heat of the moment 


Overview and re-cap

4.00pmQuestions and evaluation