Welcome to BRiC Nurses - the centre for building resilience in breast cancer nurses.
BRiC and Breast Cancer Now have joined forces establishing a new support network for Building Resilience in Breast Cancer Nurses.
As an organisation, BRiC has already built a support network to reduce anxiety and depressive vulnerability in people with a breast cancer diagnosis. Its aim is to improve quality of life by using evidence-based neuroscience to help the 1,860 members of the network focus on building resilience.
Resilience is the practice of adaptation, flexibility and adjustment. When faced with a breast cancer diagnosis, control becomes limited, priorities change, and many patients struggle to find their own 'normal'. The practise of resilience can help cancer patients endure the emotional rollercoasters and manage emotions better.
Breast Cancer Now, the research and care charity, work closely with specialist nurses, helping to deliver support and information to ensure people get the best treatment and care.
Through their Nursing Network and specialist breast cancer nursing groups, Breast Cancer Now facilitates networking and sharing of best practice to assist breast care nurses to better support their patients, including those with incurable breast cancer.
Nurses are at the cornerstone of patient support and recovery, and as such play a vital role in patient wellbeing. The majority of patients say how important their nurse specialist has been to them from diagnosis, well into survivorship, and especially for those living with incurable disease.
But research shows that specialist nurses are under high levels of chronic stress. Nurses often report high levels of burnout, compassion fatigue and emotional exhaustion, increasing the risk of secondary post-traumatic stress disorder. The aim of creating this support network for nurses is therefore to offer the opportunity for them to prioritise their own mental wellbeing, so they can continue to effectively support their patients.
This partnership and pilot project will marry insights from both BRiC and Breast Cancer Now and will be headed by Prof Nazanin Derakhshan, founder of BRiC, and Catherine Priestley, Secondary Breast Cancer Clinical Nurse Specialist, from Breast Cancer Now.
their joint expertise will offer a strong integrative vision for how we can support nurses and empower them with resilience, to further improve the support they deliver to this patient group.
Starting the pilot by involving nurse specialists caring for those with incurable secondary breast cancer, their joint expertise will offer a strong integrative vision for how we can support nurses and empower them with resilience, to further improve the support they deliver to this patient group.