Improving mental health nurses’ resilience, retention & quality of practice

  • Foster, Kim (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Shochet, Ian M. (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Shakespeare-Finch, Jane (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Maybery, Darryl (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Roche, Michael A. (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

There is a critical national shortage of nurses in mental health, and attrition of the mental health nursing workforce is due in large part to workplace stressors. Building on a successful pilot, this project aims to improve mental
health nurses’ resilience, retention & quality of practice through implementation of a resilience-building program.

The researchers hypothesize the program will reduce the negative psychological impacts of workplace stress, and significantly improve nurses' resilience, turnover intention, mental health and wellbeing, and quality of nursing practice. As a world-first in the field, the study will compare outcomes for mental health nurses who participate in the resilience
program, compared to a group of nurses who do not.

If successful, this ARC Linkage Project will be administered by the Australian Catholic University.
Effective start/end date13/05/2012/05/23


  • University of Canberra
  • University of Technology (UTS) Sydney