Beating Burnout in Nursing Conference
- : Noosa Heads QLD 4567
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? Feeling guilty that you’ve used up all your sick leave for ‘mental health days’? Well, you are not alone! Take time out this year to attend this conference and learn how to tackle stress, burnout and compassion fatigue in nursing. Topics include:
- Why it’s ok to experience compassion fatigue
- Be clear - the difference between stress, anxiety, unhappiness and depression
- How to turn negativity and toxicity into positivity
- How to let go of self-limiting beliefs when you burnout
- The power of using mindfulness in your everyday practice to reduce stress
- Easy techniques to help you build resilience
- Practical ways to care for yourself
- Discovering the key to enjoying nursing again and much, much more...
Schedule Day One
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
Dr. Karen-Ann Clarke
Why Do Nurses Get Stuck in a Rut?
Do you feel overwhelmed and consumed by the cumulative level of stress in your working life? When the feeling of drowning in stress occurs, burnout and compassion fatigue may gradually follow. It is obvious that we, as nurses, may need to accept the fact that this is occurring and find ways to fix it. This session will look at why it is important to acknowledge unhappiness and understand how and why it evolves. Introductory questions to consider:
- Am I in a career rut?
- Definitions of stress, burnout and compassion fatigue
- What levels of stress should I reasonably accept as part and parcel of nursing?
- When does stress become unhealthy?
- An opportunity to reflect and understand your own clinical practice
Dr. Karen-Ann Clarke
Stress v Worry v the Rest! What’s the Difference?
Understanding the differences between stress, anxiety, worry and depression are very important in order to develop coping strategies. This session will cover:
- What is the difference between stress, anxiety, worry and depression?
- How does the cascade of small stressors accumulate to become big worries?
- What is secondary PTSD and how does it differ to acute stress disorder (ASD)?
- When have we reached the ‘tipping point’ of becoming emotionally unstable and need to seek help?
- How to avoid becoming reliant on unsafe coping mechanisms, e.g. substance misuse and abuse
- Practical strategies to relieve symptoms of anxiety in ourselves and patients
10:45 MORNING TEA
Dr. Karen-Ann Clarke
Where Do You Start and the Patients Stop? - When Boundaries Creep...
When nurses complete their final year of study and enter the world of nursing they are novices and will have ill-defined professional boundaries. Although it is often drilled into nurses the importance of developing strong therapeutic relationships with patients, the idea of separating oneself from someone else’s struggles can be difficult. This session debates the importance of limiting idealism of nursing and developing strong boundaries to prevent the job ‘getting under your skin’ and affecting your personal life. Includes:
- Healthy vs unhealthy boundaries
- How to know when a boundary is breached
- Can we truly provide holistic care but not take on our patients’ worries?
- 'It’s just a job' - when idealism makes you bitter
Dr. Karen-Ann Clarke
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 illusive skill. Work is getting more complex and this is compounded by many different workplace cultures. Interdisciplinary cultures have always confounded nurses - witness the professional conflicts between nurses and doctors. This session offers some insights into why these occur and how you can improve your ability to get your message across even if you think you are a great communicator. Includes:
- Reasons why your plain speaking does not seem to get your message across
- Why people perceive you are being passive-aggressive when you thought you were being assertive!
- Why being assertive is the key to feeling valued and lowering stress
- An opportunity to assess your communication style and how effective it is
- Practical strategies to improve your communication
1:15PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Dr. Karen-Ann Clarke
The Power of Empathy...
At the core of the nursing identify is compassionate intention. Nurses intend to communicate and practice with genuine care, respect and empathy for others. However, the ‘delivery’ of fragmented, task-orientated, protocol-driven care can often leave us losing sight of these core intentions. Are we nursing with our heads or our hearts? Go back to basics and re-examine the power of empathy. Consider:
- What is empathy?
- Are you born with it or are there ways to develop empathy?
- How can patients benefit from empathetic care?
- Can empathy improve clinical satisfaction and nurse wellbeing?
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
Dr. Karen-Ann Clarke
How to Regain Your Passion for Nursing
Connecting with people is surely at the heart of being alive and coincidentally at the core of nursing care. Meaningful connections with patients and colleagues can help nurses 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 final session of day one will consider the importance of engagement. It will demonstrate how simple techniques that are not time consuming can assist you to find meaning in what you do. Includes:
- Why did you become a nurse?
- What type of behaviours could rekindle the spirit of nursing for those whose candle is burning low?
- Are your values aligned with nursing?
- How connecting with patients and colleagues can help you rekindle your passion for nursing
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
8:55AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Reclaim the Moment and Connect
Day two of the conference begins with an opportunity to sit, relax, breathe, create clarity and reflect. It will then provide an opportunity to converse. Come along to this session and spend time talking to other participants about how we can maintain our wellbeing in our workplace. If you feel comfortable participating, take time to learn from, with and about each other. This session will help us to set the agenda and flow for the day allowing us to make it more personally relevant for each of us.
Practising What We Preach - Self-care for Nurses
Feeling WELL is an important part of how our life is “panning out”. Our time at work can have a huge impact on this. Significantly, in our chosen field, our wellbeing also has a huge impact on the people we are charged to care for, on their families and on our community. How often do you get to the end of your shift and felt utterly exhausted, frustrated or resentful? Have you struggled to find the time to care for your patients and loved ones as a result? Knowing yourself and how to care for yourself can help you to get the best out of your professional and personal life. This session looks at:
- What is resilience?
- How does self-care develop resilience?
- The “Stress Arc” – from lethargy to chaos!
- Stress and disease – what chronic stress does to our brain and body
- Three easy strategies for wellbeing
- Our impact on others'
- Appreciating ourselves so we can appreciative others
- The art of gratitude - how to show that you value your colleagues
10:30 MORNING TEA
So Much To Do, So Little Time...
In today’s fast-paced world of nursing, it is easy to feel like we are constantly under pressure. It may be common to feel like we are unable to meet the expectations required of us in a certain period of time. “Stressing” about this, is a habit and, like any habit, it can be rewired. Using the principles of neuroscience and neuroplasticity and concepts of managing our energy rather than managing our time, we will step through ways to increase our awareness of what we are in control of and what we aren’t. You will take away ideas about our current context and its challenges, including:
- Managing energy (vs managing time) – how to replenish and renew depleted energy
- How to “manage your mind”
- How to develop your own toolbox of ideas to balance your energy levels
Come prepared to be surprised!
The Power of Positivity in the Workplace
Positive emotions are known to increase feelings of energy; help you cope with adversity; and, be more optimistic about life in general. Using positive psychology is a key to feeling fulfilled and breaking the negative cultures that can undermine happiness. This session looks at how to reframe negativity and convert it to positive psychology. Includes:
- Why is it that nurses can commonly fall into negative states of mind?
- Can positive psychology change thought patterns?
- When is ‘attitude’ a learned behaviour?
- How to avoid conversations that begin as a constructive debrief into and end in negativity
- How to deal with negative colleagues
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Motivation - the Heart of the Matter?
Motivation is a constant issue in most workplaces. Exhaustion and feeling fatigued often go hand in hand with feeling burnout. Understanding what motivates you can assist you to identify why you are feeling depleted and importantly provide you with insights on how to recharge. It may in fact reveal that you aren’t burnout, you do still care and that you are just tired! This session looks at:
- How do you know what motivates you?
- Where does goal setting fit in?
- How can managing energy and emotions assist us to stay motivated as nurses?
- How can we apply these principles to better collaborate and motivate others in our teams?
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
‘Stay Calm and Breathe Deeply’ - A Mindfulness and Meditation Workshop
Mindfulness is increasingly used as a powerful therapeutic intervention as it is a simple and effective way to deal with stress, anxiety and burnout you may experience daily. Increasingly, the ancient practice of mindfulness is being promoted as a way of managing stress, improving performance and treating serious illness, including depression and some physical disorders. This workshop will explore some of the ways people define and use mindfulness. We will look at some of the “science” currently supporting its re-emergence, talk about mindfulness and stress and conclude with a gentle opportunity to practice mindfulness and consider its possible application in our own personal, professional or relationship situations. Learn simple ways to help bring you back to the present can ensure you are truly there. This conference concludes by taking you through a mindful meditation workshop.
4:30 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS
The Goal Need for Program
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 wellbeing, 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 that can develop the necessary resilience required to prevent these insidious professional dangers from occurring.
Purpose of Program
To provide nurses and midwives with knowledge and skills to reduce stress and burnout and increase personal wellness, job satisfaction, interaction with colleagues, more positive workplaces and enhance patient care.
Your learning outcomes:
Use reflection and knowledge to gain insight into factors that may cause personal stress and burnout
Be resilient and cope better with stress in today’s workplace
Be compassionate to patients but use strategies to prevent transference of grief to you personally
Leave work completely behind you when you go home
Dr. Karen-Ann Clarke is a registered general and mental health nurse who has worked in a wide variety of acute ... Read More
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