- Sara Lefkowitz
- 6 Hours 1 Minutes
- Audio and Video
- Mar 21, 2019
Your work can change the trajectory of lives. And providing healing, ending pain, and restoring the hope of your patients is meaningful beyond words.
But the intense pressures of being a nurse can threaten your career. Emotionally drained, physically exhausted and feeling unsure and unsupported; the negativity, frustration, and resentfulness can seep into your life inside and outside of work. As you dread your next shift, the downward spiral has begun and could end with you exiting the profession you once cherished.
This powerful recording will provide you with the skills, tools and techniques you need to manage the stress and emotional complexities unique to nursing. You will be empowered to overcome career-threatening burnout and regain your purpose and passion for the critical work you are entrusted to provide.
You’ll learn proven techniques to help you handle the most stressful and burnout-inducing situations you commonly face. Walk away with new insights to bring immediate physical and emotional calm when dealing with abusive patients, long-term strategies to maintain genuine compassion, skills to contribute to positive and rewarding relationships with colleagues and a plan to live a healthy, balanced, happy life.
Leave breathing a deep sigh of relief, knowing you have the tools you need to continue this incredibly rewarding work with renewed energy, joy and purpose!
|Manual – Nursing Stress and Exhaustion (9.9 MB)||94 Pages||Available after Purchase|
Unrelenting Stress Kills
- Self-evaluate: Identify your thorniest work stressors
- Discover ten in-the-moment stress busters
- Stress is a given, but what do you want your response to look like?
Managing the Demanding Patient
- De-escalate any situation with nonviolent communication strategies
- Consider… the impact of uncertainty, lack of information and loss of control
- The two parts of communication: Expressing honestly and listening empathically
Strategies for Stressful Work Overload
- Identify your triggers for emotional nursing distress: Maslach Burnout Inventory
- The Burnout Triad: Depersonalization, overwhelm and loss of personal efficacy
- De-stress in the middle of a busy shift
- Time management skills
Techniques to Bring Calm in High Acuity and Emergency Scenarios
- Processing intense emotions: It’s not for the faint of heart
- Create a ‘Calm Kit’ to get you back in the zone
Handle Unsupportive or Abusive Co-Workers
- How to say what you want, get what you need and not irritate everyone along the way
- Managing bullying and blaming
- Communication practice scenarios:
- You want to tell a co-worker that she really needs to step it up at work
- A co-worker is blaming you for a poor patient outcome
- You need help with a patient today and no one working is very approachable
- Team-building strategies to increase support and cooperation
Increase Job Satisfaction with Caring, Compassion and Gratitude Exercises
- Discover compassion: The road between caring too much and being too burnt out to care
- Don’t let mind traps/habitual thinking get you stuck
- Are you experiencing empathic distress?
- Attributes of resiliency
Achieve a Healthy Balance Between Home and Work
- How personal, interpersonal and organizational factors contribute to overall burnout
- Give yourself kindness
- Name and process your emotions
Sleep Disturbances and Anxiety
- Current best practices for shift work/sleep cycles
- Quiet your mind so the work day does not replay
Red Flags: Self-Evaluation for Excessive Stress and Burnout
- Strategies to bring closure to the workday
- Distinguish between venting, complaining and processing the workday
- Meditation and the link to workplace outcomes
- Apply self-care – your most important survival strategy!
Sara Lefkowitz, RN, BSN, MPA, is a dynamic and engaging speaker who presents highlyacclaimed seminars on Stress Reduction for Nurses throughout the United States. She has firsthand knowledge of the challenges that nurses face through her years working in large urban hospitals on Medical Surgical Units and in the Emergency Department. She did this while being a wife and mother, and understands the difficulties of juggling family and career responsibilities.
In 2013, Sara undertook a course of study to learn practical techniques to heal the healer. She studied Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and trained as a facilitator. She studied Vipassana Meditation at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She learned compassion practices from studying Vajrayana Buddhism at Tara Mandala Meditation Center. Other notable influences in the development of this workshop include Rick Hanson, Christine Neff and Nonviolent Communication. During this experiential and careerchanging workshop, Sara will teach you how to calm the mind, soothe the emotions and speak up for the profession.
Financial: Sara Lefkowitz is a tenured nursing faculty for College of Marin. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Sara Lefkowitz is a member of the American Nurses Association; and the San Francisco Bay Area Tara Mandela Sangha.