Beating Burnout in Nursing Conference
- : Daylesford VIC 3460
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 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.
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. 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 what happens in the body under stress and why it is important for you to recognise where your stress level might be right now.
- Is it stress, burnout, or compassion fatigue and why does understanding the difference matter?
- Is it worry, anxiety, or depression and why does understanding the difference matter?
- The neurobiology of stress
10:30 MORNING TEA
Dr Jill Beattie
Workplace Aggression and Violence: Is There a Relationship to Burnout?
Increasingly, nurses are being exposed to aggression and violence in the workplace. This affects our feelings of safety, and our ability to deliver care. Occupational violence can have long-term effects. This session will cover acute stress disorder (ASD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Dr Jill Beattie
The Art of Assertion: Valuing Self and Others
When we are under high levels of stress, it is very difficult to communicate assertively. We may find ourselves “pushing” for others to do what we think is “right”, or we may just comply with others, even when we don’t really agree with them. This can add to stress and burnout. This session offers some insights into why this occurs and how you can improve your ability to get your message across. It includes:
- Why it is a challenge to communicate assertively when under stress
- Why people perceive you as being aggressive when you thought you were being assertive
- How valuing yourself and others can assist assertive communication
12:30PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Dr Jill Beattie
Mindfulness: Being Present
Our thoughts can keep our focus in the past on events that have long gone or, alternatively, they can keep us focused on worrying about the future. Either way, we miss being present to what is happening as it is happening in the here and now. This adds to stress and affects our ability to deliver care. This session will look at how nurses can be more present in the workplace.
- What actions that help us to stay more present to our own needs throughout a working day can assist in preventing burnout?
- What actions help us to stay more present during the rapidly changing needs of patients in our care?
- What strategies assist understanding the reactivity of ourselves, our colleagues, and patients, and their significant others
Dr Jill Beattie
Mindfulness: Accepting What Is…
When we experience stress and burnout. it is difficult to exit the “negativity cycle”. When we 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 job satisfaction. Using a variety of techniques, we will reflect on the following:
- What does it mean to be comfortable with the uncomfortable?
- How do I go about “accepting what is”?
- How can “accepting what is” reduce stress and burnout?
- Learning to “let go” of self-limiting beliefs and doubts
3:00 AFTERNOON TEA
Dr Jill Beattie
Positive Psychology: The Study of Human Flourishing
What we focus on matters. When we experience burnout, it is a challenge to have fun, relax, and experience happiness, pleasure, and joy. Pleasant thoughts and feelings are known to increase energy, motivation, productivity, and the ability to cope with adversity. Focussing on what we believe to be “right” rather than what we believe to be “wrong” increases optimism and consequently, our ability to see opportunities when difficult situations arise. It also helps prevent stress and burnout. Day one concludes by taking you through some exercises that can be used to increase flourishing at work and at home.
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
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 have in helping you stay resilient?
- Practical techniques to help you build your own resilience
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 nurse’s emotional toolkit.
- Why is self-care the key to feeling fulfilled?
- Appreciating ourselves so we can appreciate others
- How to show that you value your colleagues
11:00 MORNING TEA
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 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 includes:
- 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
Time to Reconnect with Your Patients?
Connecting with people is surely at the heart of being alive and coincidentally 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 the profession again?
1:30PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
How to Shine Brightly Again – Beating Brownout
There are many personal reasons why a nurse may feel like they lack passion for their job or feel disengaged with the organisation they work for. Feeling drained, neglecting personal relationships, and physically feeling suboptimal are personal issues that will inevitably affect work performance. In the business of healthcare and for the nursing professional, these affect our job – caring for people – and are significant. The term “brownout” is being explored through the literature as a state less obvious than burnout, but just as significant and potentially detrimental. This session will address this unexplored state of exhaustion and will:
- Create a discussion surrounding the term “brownout” and take a look at the theory behind this term
- Examine how personal and professional objectives relate to “brownout”
- Help you identify your signature strengths and encourage you to think of how often you are using them
- Look at your personal vision
- Finish with an opportunity to take this all in and identify strategies best suited to you so that you can shine brightly again
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
Laughter Is The Best Medicine
Nurses are known to have a wicked a sense of humour. However feeling stressed, burnt out, and lacking the passion to enjoy work is not a laughing matter. Miserable nurses create miserable workplaces, which is particularly worrying in environments where the work can be, at times, overwhelming and emotionally draining. Humour has particular healing and beneficial qualities. This final session looks at how you as a nurse can infuse humour back into your workplace and in so doing, create a better environment for patient care. It includes:
- What does humour do to the mind and body?
- How to ensure fun is not callous in a deeply emotionally charged environment
- How you can inject some fun back into your job!
4:45 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 to 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 Jill Beattie is a Senior Research Fellow at Monash University, Victoria. Jill is also a mindfulness-based emotional fitness consultant ... Read More
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