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Beating Burnout in Nursing Conference

  • : Lorne NSW 2439

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



Welcome and Introduction


Craig Maloney

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?
  • What are the 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?
  • How can you reflect and understand your own clinical practice?



Craig Maloney

Stress vs Worry vs 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 and become big worries?
  • What is secondary PTSD and how does it differ to acute stress disorder (ASD)?


Craig Maloney

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. This session includes:

  • Healthy vs unhealthy boundaries explained
  • How to recognise your own boundaries
  • How to know when a boundary is breached
  • How to provide holistic care but not take on our patients’ worries
  • 'It’s just a job' - when idealism makes you bitter



Craig Maloney

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. 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. This session looks at:

  • 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



Craig Maloney

The Power of Empathy...

At the core of the nursing identity 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?


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. You can learn skills to become resilient. Starting with a self-assessment, this practical session will demonstrate practical 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?
  • Practical techniques to 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 even resentful? Nurses can be placed in awkward situations where the solution is unclear and the risks high. Building self confidence is important. This session will demonstrate how to establish respect using easy tactics available for every nurses emotional toolkit.

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



Geoff Ahern

Facing the Unknown...Embracing Change

Today’s workplace is changing at a hectic rate and those who cannot adapt run the risk of becoming casualties to the system. Change and the constant rate at which we are expected to deal with it often leave us feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Change has been exceptionally well studied and the reasons why people resist change is to some extent understood. This session assists nurses to understand theories of change and to consider ways to control it so that everyone wins. This session looks at:

  • Fearing the unknown and losing control
  • Tactics to stop change for change sake
  • When change is good - how to change your perspective on change
  • Leading others through big changes


Geoff Ahern

Time to Reconnect with Your Patients?

Connecting with people is surely at the heart of being alive and at the core of nursing care. Meaningful connections 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 session will consider the importance of engagement and how it can assist you to find meaning in what you do. Professionalism and addressing stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue can help you reconnect with your patients and rekindle your passion for nursing. This session 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?



Geoff Ahern

A Mindfulness Workshop

The conference concludes by taking you through a mindfulness workshop. Understand the power of being present. This session includes a 30 minute mindful-eating afternoon tea break and looks at:

  • Understand the benefits of practising mindfulness
  • Practicing breathing techniques and mindfulness


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 result 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 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


Craig Maloney

Craig Maloney

Craig Maloney has a master of mental health nursing and graduate qualifications in child and adolescent mental health, group work, ...Read More

Geoffrey Ahern

Geoffrey Ahern

Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician who works with the Victorian Police on a specialised mental health emergency ...Read More

Beating Burnout in Nursing Conference
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10 hours 45mins
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10 hours 45mins
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$590.00 (two days)
Lorne NSW 2439
Lorne Hotel, 176 Great Ocean Rd
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