I recently reconnected with Gloria Donnelly, a nurse leader and educator I have followed since I became a nurse in Philadelphia in 1973. As a nurse, I have always looked to her over the years to gain her insights to see where healthcare is going. As we are in a time of disruption, I thought of her and dropped her a note to say hello. She has had her finger on the industry’s pulse, especially the nursing profession, and has used her healthcare knowledge and expertise to grow the field. She is a nurse, Educator, Leader, Dean, and Thought Leader who has done her part to transform the profession of nursing and how care is delivered throughout the broad healthcare system.

Book Review: Overcoming Secondary Stress in Medical and Nursing Practice: A Guide to Professional Resilience and Personal Well-Being by Robert J. Wicks & Gloria F. Donnelly 3She shared that she had written the second edition of her book, Overcoming Secondary Stress in Medical and Nursing Practice: A Guide to Professional Resilience and Personal Well-Being, with her co-author Robert J. Wicks. The book is a guide to professional resilience and professional wellbeing during COVID. I mentioned that I like to review books written by nurses and send me her book to review it.  I was honored to receive it in the mail a few weeks later. I am dedicating this week’s Blog Post to share an overview of this critical resource. Please feel free to read, comment, and share the post with your organization leaders.

COVID 19 has had a tremendous impact on all of us, but especially those on the healthcare system’s front lines. During the pandemic, nurses, physicians, and other healthcare workers have experienced pressure, fear, exhaustion, isolation, loss, and ongoing emotional trauma. This constant stress and trauma is impacting the mental health, safety, and the ability of all to provide safe, quality care to the patients who entered the comprehensive healthcare system.

Regardless of where you practice, learning how to recognize and manage stress is vital for your health and those you work with. Overcoming Secondary Stress in Medical and Nursing Practice: A Guide to Professional Resilience and Personal Well-Being is written for healthcare professionals to help them examine secondary stress as we battle through COVID 19. The book alerts professionals to the sources, acuity, and the chronicity of secondary stress on the workforce.

In addition to medical and nursing professionals, the book is also for the leaders of organizations who can initiate the change in their healthcare systems to manage stress and prevent burnout among their workforces.

Today, the information in this book, the lessons, and tools are not simply desirable; but essential for our personal and professional wellbeing.

The book provides insights that will lead to enhanced resilience of mind, body, and spirit. The book highlights the importance of interprofessional communication and details ways to ameliorate stress that is attributed to burnout and other conditions.

This book is a “must-read” for healthcare professionals to address the challenges of the COVID 19 pandemic that impact the workforce in ways we never imagined. To learn more and purchase this critical resource, visit https://www.amazon.com/Overcoming-Secondary-Medical-Nursing-Practice/dp/019517223X