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A Comprehensive Model to Support a Resilient Workforce

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      Historically, low resiliency has been an issue for nursing when considering work and societal-related stressors. COVID-19 has exacerbated the need for supporting policies, structural change, and resilient practices across health care. A new model was developed that guides leaders in considering structural changes to support a more resilient workforce. This model features 5 tiers—transformational leadership; policy change and physical space adaptation; compensation and time; representation; and individual and team self-care practices. This model is adaptable to the cultural needs of a hospital or health system, while also offering a structure for evaluation of resiliency interventions.
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      Tim Cunningham, DrPH, MSN, RN, FAAN, is Co-Chief Well-Being Officer, Woodruff Health Sciences Center, and Vice President, Practice & Innovation, Emory Healthcare, and Adjunct Associate Professor, at Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia. He can be reached at [email protected] Hannah Crosby, BA, RYT, is Assistant Director, Compassionate Care Initiative, at the University of Virginia School of Nursing in Charlottesville, Virginia.