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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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
“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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
These days, burnout and stress are commonly associated with the nursing profession. We all know the nature of the work can be exceptionally demanding. Terms such as “compassion fatigue” illustrate the emotions involved. The complex combination of stressors results in impaired well-being, costly sick leave, decreased quality care, and increased risk. As well, burnout and stress are associated with an often talked about sense of “career misery”. This may well cause the loss of highly experienced nurses from the profession. In order to combat these mental health vulnerabilities, nurses first need to understand the psychology underpinning stress and burnout, and then be familiar with strategies to develop the necessary resilience required to prevent these insidious professional dangers from occurring.
To provide nurses and midwives with knowledge and skills, to reduce stress and burnout and to increase personal wellness, job satisfaction, interaction with colleagues, and more positive workplaces, and to enhance patient care.