Team Based Resilience

Team Based Resilience projects are designed to improve wellness in a team, department, or unit by engaging the group in interpersonal practices that are shown to promote emotional well-being. These practices require team participation in order to be successful.

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Good Things Come in Threes:

Applying a Simple Evidence-based Tool to Build Staff Resilience

Nursing UNCMC

Primary Contacts: Haley Hamilton, BSN, RN, CMSRN;

Linnea Van Pelt, BSN, RN, CMSRN, OCN;

Paige Roberts, MBA, BSN, RN, PCCN

During a two week period, nursing staff were asked to share positive reflections about each shift on a single “article of clothing,” which were displayed on a highly visible “clothesline” bulletin board in the break room, allowing all staff members to reflect on and appreciate one another’s reflections.

Unit nursing staff were surveyed pre-intervention to determine baseline data regarding work-life balance behaviors and overall resilience using the emotional exhaustion subscale of the Maslach Burnout Inventory and the Work-Life Climate Scale.

At the end of the two weeks, a post-intervention survey showed an improvement in all work-life balance behaviors and all measures of resilience.

The overall average of staff resilience measures increased from 49% to 71%.

Bulletin Board, Clothespins, Cutouts in shape of articles of clothing


Article – Three Good Things Build Resilience and Improve Well-Being

Article – The Power of the Positive

Article – Nurse Leaders' Strategies to Foster Nurse Resilience

Poster - Three Good Things

Mindfulness Practice

Nursing Rex

Primary Contact: Jessica Selvaggio BSN, RN, DNP

Implement a stress-management/mindfulness practice to reduce negative perceptions of and reactions to stress.

Participants demonstrated a reduction in perceived stress and an increase in their ability to be mindful.

Mediation supplies (sand timers, stress balls, meditation smartphone applications, meditation/mindfulness books)


Powerpoint – Stress Management in the PACU with 3x3 method

Document - Weekly mindfulness emails

The Use of Simulation to Improve Family Understanding and Support of Anesthesia Providers

Department of Anesthesia

Primary Contact: Susan Martinelli, MD, FASA

Family Anesthesia Experience Day allowed family members to experience age-appropriate simulation activities to provide an immersion experience in the health care professional’s work environment.

Support persons demonstrated improved understanding of work demands.

Volunteers work-related materials / equipment space to hold event


Article - Anesthesia Simulation

Article - Cureus