Moving From Surviving to Thriving 2018


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Making a difference in the lives of others – this is the reason many of us were drawn to our roles in healthcare. We enter into the lives of our patients, their families, and our communities at times of stress, trauma, and uncertainty. We bring comfort, relief, and presence.

This care, however, comes at a cost. The stories we hear and the care we provide to our patients affects us. Regulatory requirements, pressures to reduce healthcare costs, increasing time constraints, and being rated and measured on everything we do have become a part of our everyday realities.

In response, we cut ourselves off from feeling. We numb our emotions. We look for escape in unhealthy ways. These are the reasons burnout rates continue at alarming rates.

How do we begin to get off the merry-go-round? How do we become more present not only at work, but at home? How do we begin to reclaim the care we need for ourselves so that we can better care for others? This work is the focus of this conference, and the speakers understand the challenges and the chaos we each face in our professional and personal lives.

While none of us has mastered this work, we’ve learned the power of sharing our stories, our experiences, and tools that can be used to make a difference. We’re learning to develop resilience, a strong sense of well-being, greater social connection, improved sleep, and better working memory.

This conference represents a unique collaboration of physicians, nurses, and hospital leaders from multiple health systems who have come together for one purpose – to impact the lives of individuals, communities, and organizations by promoting health through resilience.

Wherever you are in your own journey, this is a great place to start. We hope you join us!