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Resilience of nurses who work in community mental health workplaces in Palestine

Marie, Mohammad, Hannigan, Ben ORCID: and Jones, Aled ORCID: 2017. Resilience of nurses who work in community mental health workplaces in Palestine. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing 26 (4) , pp. 344-354. 10.1111/inm.12229

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People in Palestine live and work in a significantly challenging environment. As a result of these challenges they have developed resilient responses which are embedded in their cultural context. ‘Sumud’, in particular, is a socio-political concept which refers to ways of surviving in the context of occupation, chronic adversity, lack of resources and limited infrastructure. Nurses' work in Palestine is an under-researched subject and very little is known about how nurses adjust to such challenging environments. To address this gap in the literature this study aimed to explore the resilience of community mental health nurses (CMHNs) who work in Palestine. An interpretive qualitative design was chosen. Fifteen face-to-face interviews were completed with participants. Thirty-two hours of observations of the day-to-day working environment and workplace routines were conducted in two communities' mental health centres. Written documents relating to practical job-related policies were also collected from various workplaces. Thematic analysis was used across all data sources resulting in four main themes, which describe the sources of resilience among CMHNs. These sources are ‘Sumud and Islamic cultures’, ‘Supportive relationships’, ‘Making use of the available resources’, and ‘Personal capacity’. The study concludes with a better understanding of resilience in nursing, which draws on wider cultural contexts and social ecological responses. The outcomes from this study will be used to develop the resilience of CMHNs in Palestine.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Uncontrolled Keywords: community mental health nurses; cultural context; Palestine; resilience; social ecology
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1445-8330
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 5 June 2016
Date of Acceptance: 7 April 2016
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 05:21

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