What can we learn from nurses about how to sustain them in stressful times? Elizabeth Tracey reports
“Mind the Gap” is the name of a report undertaken in Maryland to assess what may be missing in the training of nurses to help them be resilient during times such as the Covid-19 pandemic. Cynda Rushton, a professor in the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and one of the report’s authors, describes the project.
Rushton: We asked them what was it that sustained them during the pandemic, then we asked them what they saw as the gap. What would they want to have had in their training that would help them to meet those challenges. They had some really important solutions. This report is not our report from our resilient nurses initiative. It’s actually meant to give voice to the real lived experience of students and faculty and nurses who are in practice. :31
Nurses say they could benefit from formal mentors as well as more exposure to actual nursing practice while training. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.