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Beating Burnout in Nursing Conference

  • : Rockhampton QLD 4700

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



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?
  • 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?


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 practical strategies to relieve symptoms of anxiety in ourselves and patients. It includes:

  • 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)?
  • When have we reached the “tipping point” of becoming emotionally unstable and need to seek help?
  • How can you avoid becoming reliant on unsafe coping mechanisms e.g. substance misuse and abuse?



Dr Karen-Ann Clarke

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 idealism of nursing and developing strong boundaries to prevent the job getting under your skin and affecting your personal life. It includes:

  • Healthy v 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


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 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 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 Karen-Ann Clarke

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?



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 practically explain and demonstrate how simple techniques, which are not difficult or time-consuming, can assist you to find meaning in what you do. This session 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 can connecting with patients and colleagues help you rekindle your passion for nursing?


Day Two



Jane Stanfield

Reclaim the Moment and Connect

Day two of the conference begins with an opportunity to sit, relax, breathe, create clarity, and reflect. 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.


Jane Stanfield

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, as well as concepts of managing our energy rather than managing our time, we will step through ways to increase our awareness of what we arein control of and what we aren’t. You will take away ideas about our current context and its challenges, including:

  • Managing energy v 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!



Jane Stanfield

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. This session 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 can you avoid conversations that begin as a constructive debrief and end in negativity?
  • How can you deal with negative colleagues?


Jane Stanfield

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 burnt out, 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?



Jane Stanfield

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 will build strategies for wellbeing and look at:

  • What is resilience?
  • How does self-care develop resilience?
  • What is the “Stress Arc”? – from lethargy to chaos!
  • Stress and disease – what does chronic stress do to our brain and body?
  • How do we impact on others?
  • How do we appreciate ourselves so we can appreciate others?
  • The art of gratitude – how can you show that you value your colleagues?



Jane Stanfield

“Stay Calm and Breathe Deeply” - A Mindfulness and Meditation Workshop

Mindfulness is increasingly used as a powerful therapeutic intervention. It is a simple and effective way to deal with the 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, by considering its possible application in our own personal, professional, and relationship situations. Learn simple ways to help bring you back to the present to ensure you are truly there. This conference concludes by taking you through a mindful meditation workshop.


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 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


Karen-Ann Clarke

Karen-Ann Clarke

Dr Karen-Ann Clarke is a Registered Nurse and a specialised mental health nurse, with 30 years’ experience of working with ... Read More

Jane Stanfield

Jane Stanfield

Jane Stanfield is a health service improvement coach. She comes with 30 years’ experience in healthcare, half as a clinician ... Read More

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Rockhampton QLD 4700
Rockhampton Leagues Club, Cnr George and Cambridge Streets
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