Building a Resilient Academic Team

Building a Resilient Academic Team

Resilient teams are needed in the academic setting to positively disrupt the systems and cultures that have led to the nursing faculty shortage. Resilience will be defined and described within the context of team performance, specifically related to the nursing academic setting. Participants will be guided through the 4P’s of Resilience to learn strategies for building resilient teams within their own organization to effectively address the priority issues and challenges.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the relevance of “Resilient Teams” to nursing academia.
  • Describe the 4P’s of Resilience as they relate to teams.
  • Identify at least one action they can begin immediately to promote the building of a resilient team within their own work environment.


Teresa M. Stephens, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE

Tese Stephens, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE is an Associate Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is the author of Stephens’ Model of Resilience and the founder of RN P.R.E.P. (Personal Resilience Enhancement Plan). Her work is focused on the prevention of burnout through the development of both PERSONAL RESILIENCE and the development of RESILIENT TEAMS . Much of her work in resilience is built upon the narratives of Holocaust survivors. Dr. Stephens is the author of several publications and book chapters, and she is a frequent presenter at regional, national, and interprofessional conferences and workshops. Dr. Stephens has more than 32 years of nursing experience in both clinical and academic settings. She is recognized internationally as a leader in nursing education and research, specifically in the areas of workplace culture, faculty development, student success and engagement, and best practices in online learning. Dr. Stephens is a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) and an active member of several professional organizations, including Sigma Theta Tau, NLN, ANA, and SNRS. She serves on the advisory board for the Vantage Point Foundation and the Holocaust Education Film Foundation and is a member of various task forces and work groups. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from East Tennessee State University, her Masters of Science in Nursing from King College, a post-master’s certificate in nursing education from the University of Tennessee, and her Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Tennessee.