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Beating Burnout in Nursing

  • : Flaxton QLD 4560

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 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

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Day One



Karen-Ann Clarke

‘You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feelin’ - Why 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?
  • 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?


Karen-Ann Clarke

‘Can’t Get You Out of My Head’ - A Stressful Cascade

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 to 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



Karen-Ann Clarke

‘Yeah, Yeah, Yeah’ - Knowing Where You Start and the Patient Stops

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. Includes:

  • Healthy v unhealthy 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


Karen-Ann Clarke

’Just Who Do You Think You Are?’ - Come Across as Assertive - Not Aggressive

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 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 as being aggressive when you thought you were being assertive!
  • Why being assertive is the key to feeling valued and lowering stress



Veronica Mercer

‘Let it Be, Let it Be’ - Healing The Stress

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an important practice that assists you to heal from stress. Acceptance addresses the need to acknowledge what is out of your control. Making a commitment to complete an action enriches your life and assists you to move on. The use of ACT can also be a very powerful tool to prevent ’career misery’. This session will begin the journey to improved job satisfaction and show you skills to exit the negative cycle. Using fun ice-breaking techniques we will reflect on the following:

  • What is the value of ACT and how will it help you?
  • Recognising the importance of your values
  • Learning to let go of self-limiting beliefs and doubts


Veronica Mercer

‘You Will Survive!’ - Engagement and Positive Psychology

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. 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 to avoid conversations that begin as a constructive debrief and end in negativity
  • How to deal with negative colleagues



Veronica Mercer

‘Stay Calm and Breathe Deeply’ - A Mindfulness and Meditation Workshop

Mindfulness is increasingly used as a powerful therapeutic intervention as it is a simple and effective way to deal with with stress, anxiety and burnout you may experience daily. Day one concludes by taking you through a mindful meditation workshop. It’s time to consider:

  • Have you considered how mindfulness could help you?
  • Practice breathing techniques and mindfulness in this special session


Day Two



Dean King

‘Nothing Can Stop Me Now’ - 7 Steps to 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 7 steps for your personal resilience toolbox. Explore:

  • How can understanding your brain help you become resilient?
  • What impact does your belief and value systems play in helping you stay resilient?
  • 7 practical techniques to help you


Dean King

R.E.S.P.E.C.T - No Time for the Bathroom?

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 tool kit.

  • What are the languages of love and why is understanding this the key to feeling fulfilled?
  • Appreciating ourselves so we can appreciative others
  • How to show that you value your colleagues




‘Let’s Get Physical’ - Time for Tai Chi - A Move in the Right Direction

There are just so many reasons to manage your stress. For instance, it affects all systems in the body and can be the cause of significant symptoms. A compromised immune system may lead to a raft of unexpected conditions. Physical exercise is a great and accessible way to combat stress as exercise is known to improve stress levels. This session will provide 45 minutes of tai chi - demonstrating a gentle way to relieve stress.



‘Easy as 1 2 3’ - No Stress Food

Nutrition plays a strong role in promoting health outcomes. Nutrition can be an integral piece to the stress puzzle. Improving nutrition levels may help to subside some of the physical symptoms of stress, such as fatigue. This practical session will provide a range of healthy, easy meal options that can be easily incorporated into your working week. Includes:

  • What foods encourage inflammation?
  • Why do some people eat when they are stressed?
  • What foods heal and calm?



Dean King

“Times They Are a Changin’…” - Don’t Be Left Behind!

Today’s workplace is changing at a hectic rate and those who cannot adapt run the risk of becoming casualties to the system. 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



Dean King

‘The Temperature is Rising’ - Time 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 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 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 rekindle your passion for nursing. Includes:

  • What type of behaviours could rekindle the spirit of nursing for those whose candle is burning low?
  • Why should you bother?


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 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

The purpose of this conference is to provide nurses with knowledge and skills to prevent stress and burnout so as to increase personal wellness; job satisfaction; and, ultimately benefit patients.

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


Dean King

Dean King

Dean King is a highly qualified healthcare professional with over 28 years of industry experience. He specialises in communication engagement ... Read More

Karen-Ann Clarke

Karen-Ann Clarke

Karen-Ann Clarke is a Registered General and Mental Health Nurse. She has a Master's degree in Mental Health Nursing and ... Read More

Veronica Mercer

Veronica Mercer

Veronica Mercer worked as a nurse for 15 years in community and hospital settings, and now works in private practice. ... Read More

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Beating Burnout in Nursing
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11 hours 30 mins
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11 hours 30 mins
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$572.00 (two days)
Flaxton QLD 4560
Kondalilla Eco Resort, Cnr Kondalilla Falls Rd & Cynthia Hunt Drive
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