The importance of teaching and learning resilience in the health disciplines: a critical review of the literature

Nurse Educ Today. 2009 May;29(4):371-9. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2008.10.011. Epub 2008 Dec 3.


This paper, based on a review of the literature, discusses resilience and the application of resilience research to nursing education. The paper advances the educational discourse on professional preparation, arguing that resilience theory should be part of the educational content and taught in a way that promotes reflection and application in order to give students strength, focus and endurance in the workplace. In addition, we argue that resilience and similar qualities ought to be emphasised in clinical experience courses, internships, work integrated learning and other work experience courses. Recommendations for building resilience in health professionals through education, training and modifications in workplace culture, as well as suggestions for priorities in research are presented.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Health Personnel / education*
  • Humans
  • Learning*
  • Professional Practice*
  • Resilience, Psychological*
  • Teaching*