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 in 2017
CHAIRPERSON: CRAIG MALONEY
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
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 opening session will look at why it is important to acknowledge unhappiness and understand how and why it evolves. Is it burnout or is it compassion fatigue? Introductory questions to consider:
- Am I in a career rut?
- 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?
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:
- What is the difference between stress, anxiety, worry and depression?
- How does a cascade of small stressors accumulate and become a big worry?
- What is secondary PTSD and how does it differ to acute stress disorder (ASD)?
10:30 MORNING TEA
Where Do You Start and the Patient 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 the importance of developing strong therapeutic relationships with patients is often drilled into nurses, 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. Includes:
- Healthy v unhealthy - therapeutic relationships and professional boundaries
- How to know when a boundary is breached
- Can we truly provide holistic care but not take on our patients’ worries?
- “It’s just a job” - when idealism makes you bitter
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. Includes:
- Reasons why your plain speaking does not seem to get your message across
- Why people perceive you are being aggressive when you thought you were being assertive!
- Why being assertive is the key to feeling valued and lowering stress
1:00PM LUNCH BREAK
Dr Jill Beattie
Dealing with Negativity and Toxicity
Positivity is known to increase energy, motivation, productivity, and the ability to cope with adversity. Being positive rather than negative increases optimism and consequently, our ability to see opportunities when difficult situations arise. It also helps prevent stress and burnout. The science of positive psychology is the study of human flourishing and provides strategies that assist in feeling fulfilled and breaking the negative cultures that can undermine happiness in the workplace. Includes:
- Why is it that nurses often fall into negative states of mind?
- What is positive psychology and how can it reduce stress and burnout?
- When is ‘attitude’ a learned behaviour?
- How to prevent constructive debrief conversations ending in negativity
- How to deal with the negativity of colleagues and toxic work environments
Dr Jill Beattie
Accepting What Is…
Some nurses and midwives experience ‘career misery’, finding it 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, we let go of stress and worry, improve our job satisfaction, and live more enriched and productive lives. Using a variety of techniques we will reflect on the following:
- How do I go about ‘accepting what is’?
- How can ‘accepting what is’ improve my job satisfaction?
- Learning to let go of self-limiting beliefs and doubts
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
Dr Jill Beattie
Staying Calm - The Power of Mindfulness
Mindfulness is increasingly used as a powerful therapeutic intervention as an effective way to deal with stress, anxiety and burnout. Day one concludes by taking you through a variety of mindfulness techniques. It’s time to consider:
- How mindfulness could help you and you patients
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM
CHAIRPERSON: CRAIG MALONEY
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 nurses emotional tool kit.
- 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 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. 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. Includes:
- What type of behaviours could rekindle the spirit of nursing for those whose candle is burning low?
- How to make the time to engage with your patients, colleagues and profession again
1:30PM LUNCH BREAK
How to Shine Brightly Again - Beating Brownout
There are many personal reasons for which 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 sub-optimal are personal issues that will inevitably affect work performance. In the business of healthcare and in the nursing professional these effects on our jobs - caring for people - 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 less obvious 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 these
- Look at your personal vision
- Finish with an opportunity to take this all in and identify strategies best suited to you so 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, burnout 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. 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!
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY TWO OF PROGRAM
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 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
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