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WEB LeAnnPinkSuitHighResSunday, March 18
8-9:30 am


The Importance of Caring for Yourself to Avoid Nurse Burnout

LeAnn Thieman, RN CPAE CSP

Most nurses didn’t choose their profession because of great hours, pay, and working conditions! Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul coauthor LeAnn Thieman reminds them why they did...and why they stay. By sharing Chicken Soup stories and those from her own 30-plus years as a nurse, LeAnn uplifts, encourages, and honors nurses and champions their daily contributions and sacrifices. Her trademarked “CARE 4 ME” tools reinforce daily practices for nurses to care for their minds, bodies, and spirits. With compassion and humor, she brings healing and hope to her colleagues, leaving them renewed, recharged, and recommitted.

Hendren HeadshotMonday, March 19
8:30-10:15 am


Astrid Hendren

This session will focus on the patient’s perspective when experiencing trauma and the crucial role of caregivers, both in the medical community and the one the patient returns to. As neuroscience nurses, you are a unique part of both communities. This session, “Surviving Is All Around Us,”™ will bring awareness to our own place in the whole process.

WEB Louise Philp 2016 photoTuesday, March 20
8-9:30 am


Louise Philp, MSHA BSN RN CCRN

Every day, frontline nurses witness situations of sadness, grief, trauma, or ethical dilemmas that may cause moral distress. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that often affects individuals after they experience a traumatic event. PTSD is commonly associated with military personnel. However, this disorder is not routinely discussed within the nursing profession. Key strategies to recognize PTSD in nursing and how nursing leaders can improve nurse resilience will be discussed. Examples will include how the nursing team in Orlando, FL was able to “strive and thrive” after the tragedy following the Pulse Night Club shooting.

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