Beating Burnout in Nursing Conference
- : Melbourne VIC 3000
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...
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
9:00Welcome and Introduction
Craig MaloneyWhy 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. Questions to consider:
- Am I in a career rut?
- What are stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue?
- What levels of stress should I reasonably accept as part and parcel of nursing?
- When does stress become unhealthy?
10:30 MORNING TEA
Craig MaloneyStress 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 and become big worries?
- What is secondary PTSD and how does it differ from 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
Craig MaloneyWhere Do You Start and the Patient Stops? 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. It explores:
- Healthy versus unhealthy – therapeutic relationship versus professional boundaries
- How to know when a boundary is breached
- Providing holistic care while not taking on our patients’ worries
- “It’s just a job” – when idealism make you bitter
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Craig MaloneyThe 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 already. It includes:
- Reasons why your plain-speaking does not seem to get your message across
- Why people perceive you as being aggressive when you thought you were being assertive!
- Why being assertive is the key to feeling valued and lowering stress
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Craig MaloneyThe 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?
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Geoff AhernLaying the Foundations – How to Build Your 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 give you seven steps for your personal resilience toolbox and includes practical techniques to help you build your resilience. Explore:
- How can understanding your brain help you become resilient?
- What impact does your belief and value systems play in helping you stay resilient?
Geoff AhernMaking 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 nurse's emotional toolbox.
- The languages of love and why understanding them is the key to feeling fulfilled
- Appreciating ourselves so we can appreciate others
- How to show that you value your colleagues
11:00 MORNING TEA
Geoff AhernFacing 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 leaves 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. It explores:
- Fearing the unknown and losing control
- Tactics to stop change for change’s sake
- When change is good – how to change your perspective on change
- Leading others through big changes
Geoff AhernTime to Reconnect with Your Patients?
Connecting with people is 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. 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 profession again?
1:30PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Geoff AhernA Mindfulness Workshop
The conference concludes by taking you through a mindfulness workshop. Understand the power of being present. It includes a brief, 15-minute repose for a mindful eating afternoon tea break:
- Understand the benefits of practising mindfulness
- Practice breathing techniques and mindfulness in this special session
4:00 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 often associated with a 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 homePresenters
Craig Maloney has a master of mental health nursing and graduate qualifications in child and adolescent mental health, group work, ...Read More
Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician who works with the Victorian Police on a specialised mental health emergency ...Read More