Civility and Resilience Practices to Address Chronic Workplace Stress in Nursing Academia

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Background: Chronic workplace stress (CWS) is a root cause of burnout and defined as a prolonged and persistent state of psychological, emotional, and physical strain experienced by individuals in their work environment.

Innovation: The related concepts of civility and resilience are introduced as effective strategies to address CWS in nursing academia. The authors define and describe the interconnected concepts of civility and resilience and offer evidence-based strategies to promote personal well-being and healthy work environments.

Implications: Because CWS can have a detrimental impact on faculty well-being and workplace health, evidence-based strategies are needed to improve individual wellness, workplace culture, civility, and resilience.

Conclusions: Civil and resilient responses to CWS include engaging in civil discourse, advocating for organizational change, exercising moral courage, cocreating cultural norms, and empowering individuals and academic leaders to positively impact system issues that lead to CWS. The authors provide insight, competencies, and strategies to transform the culture of nursing academia to promote healthy and sustainable work environments where all members can thrive.