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Beating Burnout in Nursing Conference

  • : Canberra ACT 2600

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:

  • The difference between stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue?
  • Practical ways to build resilience
  • Learning how to appreciate ourselves so we can appreciate others
  • How to leave work behind you when you go home
  • Discovering the key to enjoying nursing again and much, much more…

Don’t miss your chance to attend this very popular and highly evaluated conference. Book now!


Schedule Day One



Welcome and Introduction


Dr Terry Froggatt

Why Do Nurses Get Stuck in a Rut? Am I Burnt Out?

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?


Dr Terry Froggatt

Now What? How Do I Get Out of a Rut?

Once the various sources of potential burnout have been recognised, strategies to remove or ameliorate burnout can be identified. This session will unpack the many potential sources of burnout. This is an activity-based session, where you can work individually or in small groups to identify sources of burnout and subsequent interventions you can make to stop workplace-related stress. This session includes:

  • How can I identify the possible sources of unhappiness at work?
  • Why do these issues cause me distress?
  • How can I reduce the impact of these stressors?



Dr Terry Froggatt

Where 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 the idealism of nursing and developing strong boundaries to prevent the job “getting under your skin” and affecting your personal life. It 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 without taking on your patients’ worries


Dr Terry Froggatt

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 an elusive skill. Work is getting more complex and is compounded by differing 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. It includes:

  • How to improve your ability to get your message across even if you think you are a great communicator already
  • Reasons why your plain speaking does not seem to get your message across
  • Why people perceive you as 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



Dr Terry Froggatt

Giving Credit where Credit is Due!

When was the last time you were praised for work you did? Do you regularly praise others? The impact on a person of recognising their achievements – no matter how small – can be highly motivating. This session will create a discussion around validation, recognition, and gratitude in nursing, including:

  • Is the environment we work in conducive to feeling recognised?
  • What might stop us from feeling a sense of accomplishment?
  • What if you don’t receive recognition…?



Dr Terry Froggatt

Time to be Present – How Mindfulness Can Help You

Mindfulness is not a new practice. It has existed for centuries. Yet in our present day lives, where it can be difficult to switch off, the ancient practice can offer easy, simple ways to reduce stress and improve performance and wellbeing. This session will assist you to apply basic mindfulness practices to personal and professional situations where you may feel stressed, overwhelmed, and fatigued. It includes:

  • Why is being present important?
  • How can breathing assist us?
  • What techniques can be easily used in our daily lives to help us in times of stress?


Day Two



Mike Smith

Laying the Foundations – How to Build Personal Resilience

Preventing and managing stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue lies in your personal ability to be resilient. Luckily, you can learn skills to become resilient. Starting with a self-assessment, this practical session will demonstrate ways in which you can develop and build personal resilience. Explore:

  • How can understanding yourself help you become resilient?
  • What role do your belief and value systems play in helping you stay resilient?


Mike Smith

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 the 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



Mike Smith

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-oriented, 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?
  • Is empathetic care the key to regaining your passion for nursing?



Mike Smith

It’s Time for ME – Why Self-Care Matters

How regularly do you get to the end of your shift and feel utterly exhausted, frustrated, or even resentful? Have you struggled to care for your patients or loved ones as a result of this? The nature of nursing means that we are constantly giving to others before we give to ourselves. But, caring for ourselves can unlock the key to personal and professional wellbeing. This session will demonstrate how to establish better ways of caring for ourselves so that we are well positioned to care for others. It includes:

  • Why is self-care the key to feeling fulfilled?
  • How can we appreciate ourselves so we can appreciate others?
  • Practical ways to find out what you need to do to care for yourself



Mike Smith

Time to Reconnect with Your Patients?

Connecting with people is surely at the heart of being alive and it’s 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. It will also look at professionalism and address stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue to help you reconnect with your patients and rekindle your passion for nursing. This final 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?


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 carte, and increased risk. As well, burnout and stress are 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 to 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


Terry Froggatt

Terry Froggatt

Dr Terry Froggatt is committed to evidence-based organisational learning and development, providing innovative and learner-focused seminars and programs that facilitate ... Read More

Mike Smith

Mike Smith

Mike Smith has been a mental health nurse for 20 years and has master's degrees in public health and mental ... Read More

Beating Burnout in Nursing Conference
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Canberra ACT 2600
Forrest Rydges Capital Hill Canberra, 17 Canberra Ave
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