Resilience in Nursing

Resilience in Nursing

Burnout has been identified as a public health crisis, affecting increasing numbers of nurses. Moral distress, a leading cause of burnout, is known to often begin in academia. Resilience has been identified as an important concept in preventing and/or addressing the issues of moral distress and burnout in nurses. Participants will explore the concept of RESILIENCE as it pertains to the nursing profession and explore the application of the “”4P’s of Personal Resilience”” to develop a personal strategic plan for increased resilience, with discussion about how these strategies may be utilized.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the concept of RESILIENCE as it pertains to the nursing profession.
  • Describe the 4P’s of Personal Resilience.
  • Identify at least one action they can begin today to increase their own personal resilience.


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.