The relation between resilience and occupation as nurses in a Danish hospital

Kim Lee, Kathrine Skovdal Hansen, Sally Ellen Wulff Jørgensen, Ann Jensen

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In the recent years, the concept of resilience has become widespread in various fields ranging from engineering
(Hickford et al. 2018) to anthropology (Pike 2019). Despite the wide use of the concept there is still not a clear
definition of resilience (Wooyoung, Kim et al. 2019). Some authors criticize that the concept of resilience lacks the
notion of power and agency (Béné et al. 2012). Earliere studies (Labrague et al. 2018) have showed that nurse
managers experienced moderate levels of stress because of their work tasks and that enhancing social support
and promoting job control were important factors for resilience. In this paper we are presenting an occupational
focused framework for the use of the concept of social resilience, building on a transactional approach to the
concept of occupational adaption (Walder and Molineux 2017) Based on fieldwork conducted among nurses in a
Danish hospital ward, we show how resilience is not evenly distributed among the nurses and can be seen as a
capital in its own. Furthermore, we discuss how individual agency is playing a central role in the distribution of
resilience, as the concept of resilience earlier has been criticized for lacking the notion of agency.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date16 Sept 2021
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sept 2021
Event2nd COTEC-ENOTHE Congress 2021 - Czech Republic, Prague, Tjekkiet - 2nd COTEC-ENOTHE Congress 2021, Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 15 Sept 202118 Sept 2021


Conference2nd COTEC-ENOTHE Congress 2021 - Czech Republic, Prague, Tjekkiet
Location2nd COTEC-ENOTHE Congress 2021
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
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