11h CPDConference

Beating Burnout in Nursing Conference

Time to Care for Yourself – Two-Day Event for All Nurses


3 - 4 Jun 2021
Central Springs Inn Daylesford,
6 Camp St

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Why Attend

Are you feeling unhappy, stressed, and burnt out? Are you reluctant to go back to work after days off and questioning your commitment to your nursing career? Are you feeling guilty that you’ve used up all your sick leave for mental health days? Well, you are not alone! Take time out to attend this popular conference. Learn how to tackle stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue in nursing. Topics include:

  • The difference between stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue?
  • Practical ways to build resilience
  • Learning how to appreciate ourselves so we can appreciate others
  • How to leave work behind you when you go home
  • Discovering the key to enjoying nursing again and much, much more…
Don’t miss your chance to attend this very popular and highly evaluated conference. Book now!

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Day One

8:30AM Registration for Day One

Dr Jill Beattie

Welcome – Voicing Your Concerns and What You Need Right Now

Take a look at why you’re here. Connecting and having the opportunity to voice your concerns is a unique experience. This introductory session will provide an opportunity for you, as a group, to share what you need right now from attending this conference.

Dr Jill Beattie

Orienting to Your Environment: We do it All the Time!

Orienting is a process carried out by many species, including humans. We orient to our physical and emotional environment in an effort to determine whether or not it is safe to proceed, interact, and communicate. This opening session will explore what orienting is and the effects it has on reducing stress.

10:30 Morning Tea

Dr Jill Beattie

Cumulative Stress: Have You Just About Had Enough?

Do you feel overwhelmed by the cumulative stress in your working life? When the feeling of drowning in stress occurs, burnout and compassion fatigue may gradually follow. This session will look at what happens in the body under stress and help you identify where your stress level might be right now. It includes a look at the neurobiology of stress.

Dr Jill Beattie

The Impact of Cumulative Stress

Too little stress can keep you from reaching your potential and too much stress can be detrimental to your health, wellbeing, and ability to provide high-quality patient care. This session will look at the longer-term effects of stress, including:

  • Is it stress, burnout, or compassion fatigue?
  • Is it worry, anxiety, or depression?
  • Is it acute stress disorder (ASD) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?
  • Why does understanding the differences between the above states matter?
  • How can you recognise when you would be wise to seek support?
  • How can you avoid becoming reliant on unsafe coping mechanisms?
12:30PM Lunch and Networking

Dr Jill Beattie

Preparing for Life’s Storms: Identifying Your Resources

Recognising the various triggers, risk factors, and causes of stress and burnout helps us to develop the resources that we might need to access before, during, and after the “storm”. This session will cover:

  • What resources do you already have?
  • What additional resources do you need to develop for beating burnout?
Dr Jill Beattie

Dealing with “Negativity” and “Toxicity”

“Negativity” and “toxicity” leave us feeling very uncomfortable. “Positivity” leaves us feeling more comfortable. In our working and personal lives however, we will continue to experience both comfortable and uncomfortable situations. Becoming more comfortable with the uncomfortable can increase our ability to cope with adversity and to see opportunities when difficult situations arise. It also helps prevent stress and burnout. In this session, we will work with a model to help us move from reacting to choosing how we want to respond. It includes:

  • A framework for understanding how the mind and body react or respond to situations and/or people, as well as identifying the core beliefs that influence our behaviour
  • Strategies that can assist us to understand reactivity in ourselves, our colleagues, patients, and their significant others?
  • How to deal with the “negativity” of colleagues and “toxic” work environments
  • Why it is a challenge to communicate assertively when under stress
  • How to untangle our emotions from the story of what’s happening to us
3:00 Afternoon Tea

Dr Jill Beattie

Regulating the “Monkey Mind” and Accepting What Is

Our thoughts can often keep our focus in the past – on events that have long gone – or alternatively on worrying about the future. Either way, we miss being present to what is happening, as it happens, in the here and now. When we can accept what is, we acknowledge that not everything is within our control. When we commit to acting on those things that are within our control, it is easier to let go of things that are not within our control. This results in improved productivity and job satisfaction. Using a variety of techniques, we will reflect on the following:

  • What actions help us to stay more present to our own needs throughout a working day that can assist in preventing burnout?
  • What actions help us to stay more present to the rapidly changing needs of patients in our care?
Dr Jill Beattie

An Antidote to Burnout and Compassion Fatigue: Providing Compassionate Care

Forming collegial and therapeutic relationships lies at the heart of nursing. Compassion for self and others can enhance workplace relationships and decrease stress and burnout. This session will:

  • Explore self-compassion and compassion for others as an antidote to compassion fatigue
  • Take you through some exercises that can be used to decrease compassion fatigue and increase flourishing at work and at home.
4:30 Close of Day One of Conference

Day Two

9:00AM Commencement of Day Two

Geoff Ahern

Laying the Foundations – How to Build Personal Resilience

Preventing and managing stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue lies in your personal ability to be resilient. The good news is that you can learn skills to become resilient. Starting with a self-assessment, this practical session will demonstrate ways in which you can develop personal resilience. Explore:

  • How can understanding yourself help you become resilient?
  • What impact does your belief and value systems play in helping you stay resilient?
  • What practical techniques help you build your own resilience?
Geoff Ahern

Making Time for the Bathroom – Why YOU Come FIRST!

Have you ever gotten to the end of your shift and felt utterly exhausted, incredibly frustrated, and perhaps even resentful? It is imperative that we care for ourselves first and foremost, in order to care for others. However, how many of us actually do? This session will serve as a timely reminder about why self-care matters. It includes:

  • Why is self-care the key to feeling fulfilled?
  • How can we appreciate ourselves so we can appreciate others?
  • How can you show that you value your colleagues?
11:00 Morning Tea

Geoff Ahern

The Art of Assertion – The Key to Feeling Valued?

Let’s face it: thousands of books have been written on the art of communication, yet it still remains a most elusive skill. This session considers the importance of developing this key skill. In particular, it will look at how assertive communication may support you to combat stress, burnout, and even compassion fatigue. It includes:

  • Why might you be struggling to get your message across?
  • How can you ensure that people do not perceive you as being aggressive when you thought you were being assertive?
  • How can effective communication reduce conflict?
  • Why is being assertive the key to feeling valued and lowering stress?
Geoff Ahern

Where do You Start and the Patient Stops? Preventing Boundary Creep...

Although the importance of developing strong therapeutic relationships with patients is often drilled into us, the idea of separating oneself from someone else’s struggles can be difficult. Ill-defined professional boundaries are likely to result in aspects of your job getting under your skin and affecting your personal life. This session offers insight into how healthy professional boundaries can support you to leave work behind and go home happy. It includes:

  • What are examples of healthy vs unhealthy professional boundaries?
  • How can you recognise your own boundaries?
  • How would know if a boundary is breached?
  • What are the best tips for how to provide holistic care but not take on our patients’ worries?
  • Which strategies help you leave work behind to go home happy?
1:15PM Lunch and Networking

Geoff Ahern

Facing the Unknown – How to Embrace Change

Today’s workplace is changing at a hectic rate. Those who cannot adapt run the risk of becoming casualties to the system. The constant rate at which we are expected to deal with change often leaves us feeling stressed and overwhelmed. This session will assist you to understand theories of change and, in turn, be more comfortable experiencing it. Let’s consider:

  • Why can change result in fear?
  • What strategies can support us to feel more comfortable when we are experiencing change?
  • When change is good – how can you change your perspective on change?
  • How can you lead others through big changes?
3:00 Afternoon Tea

Geoff Ahern

Reconnecting with the Heart of Nursing – Your Patients?

Connecting with people is at the heart of being alive and it’s at the core of nursing care. Meaningful connections can help us to regain the special sense of satisfaction that may have once been so motivating but has been lost over time for a range of reasons. This session will consider the importance of engagement and how it can assist you to find meaning in what you do. It will help you to understand ways to combat compassion fatigue, to reconnect with your patients, and to rekindle your passion for nursing. It includes:

  • What type of behaviours could rekindle the spirit of nursing for those whose candle is burning low?
  • How can you make the time to engage with your patients, colleagues, and the profession again?
4:30 Close of Conference and Evaluations

The Goal

Need for Program

Burnout is now recognised as an occupational phenomenon - although it’s not a medical condition. It can manifest as exhaustion, ‘increased mental distance’ from work, and reduced professional efficacy (WHO, 2019). The complex combination of stressors results in impaired well-being, costly sick leave and a potential decrease in the quality of patient care. In order to combat these mental health vulnerabilities, it is important to understand the psychology underpinning stress and burnout. Strategies that develop resilience can assist in preventing these insidious professional dangers from occurring and at the same time, raise the quality of patient care.

Purpose of Program

To provide nurses with strategies that will assist in reducing stress and burnout, increase personal wellness and job satisfaction, and also to enhance patient care.

Your learning outcomes:

Use reflection and knowledge to gain insight into factors that may cause personal stress and burnout
Have strategies for increasing resilience in day-to-day work situations
Tune into your patients with your own energy so as to promote compassionate mutual healing
Leave work completely behind you when you go home


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Jill Beattie

Dr Jill Beattie is a senior research fellow at Monash University, Victoria. Jill is also a mindfulness-based emotional fitness consultant in her performance enhancement consultancy, providing education and consultancy services for organisations and groups, including health services staff, pregnant women and partners of defence force personnel. Individual services are also provided for people with stress, trauma, anxiety and depression. Jill has a background and qualifications in nursing, midwifery, education, management, research and clinical practice. In addition to mindfulness-based experiential learning and practice, Jill’s most recent area of research and teaching has been in workplace violence and aggression and emotional trauma. Read More

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Geoffrey Ahern

Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician and educator who splits his time between working with people in a mental health crisis in the ED setting and working proactively to educate other health professionals and the community about how to better understand mental health problems, as well as substance use and addiction. Over the years, he has gained extensive experience in emergency and trauma, rural nursing, alcohol and other drug counselling, and psychiatric nursing across both the public and private sectors. He holds a masters of health science (mental health and addiction). Geoff is particularly fascinated by the impact that exercise, nutrition, community, meaning and purpose, and practices like yoga have on a person’s mental health, as well as living a simple life of reflection, contentment and wonderment. Read More


3 - 4 Jun 2021


Central Springs Inn Daylesford
6 Camp St
Daylesford  VIC,3460


$629.00 (two days)
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