Health Psychology in Nursing Practice gives nurses and healthcare practitioners the essentials of health psychology to assist patients and their relatives in adjusting to diagnoses, coping with treatments and other disease–related life changes, managing symptoms and making healthy choices. Directly aimed at nurses, this textbook helps them improve their practice in a very practical way. Key features: * Concise content specifically aimed at nurses and other healthcare professions and taking both an evidence-based and applied approach * Key learning objectives and chapters summaries for revision * Case examples give even more insight into how theory works in the real world * Reflective activities help think about real life practice and quizzes test your knowledge Elizabeth Barley is a Chartered Psychologist and Practitioner Health Psychologist and has been a Senior Lecturer in Nursing at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London. She currently is Senior Manager for the psychology research portfolio at MQ, a mental health charity based in London.

Looking After Yourself

Looking After Yourself

Key Learning Objectives

At the end of this chapter you will be able to explain:

  • Wellbeing
  • Risk factors for impaired health and wellbeing in health professionals
  • Work stress and burnout
  • Positive psychology
  • Resilience and flourishing
  • The link between wellbeing and health
  • Ways to improve wellbeing
  • Mindfulness


In this chapter, we will consider work- and lifestyle-related risk factors for impaired health and wellbeing in health professionals. We will explore the concept of wellbeing in depth. We need to understand this as clinicians’ health and wellbeing can not only have negative personal impact, but may also affect patients. We will then consider ways to improve wellbeing. The information in this chapter will help us as nurses, midwives and health visitors to help ourselves, but we can also use it to help ...

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