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Digital Seminar

Nursing Stress and Exhaustion: Proven Strategies to Beat Burnout and Revive Your Professional Passion!

Sara Lefkowitz, RN, BSN, MPA
6 Hours 01 Minutes
Audio and Video
Mar 21, 2019
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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!


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

* Credit Note - **

NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing the on-line post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information:  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.  

For Planning Committee disclosures, please statement above.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists

This self-study activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from this self-study activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 6.0 self-study contact hours. 

** You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Florida Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 6.0 self-study contact hours.

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Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 6.3 self-study contact hours. Please email with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 6.25 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Sara Lefkowitz, RN, BSN, MPA's Profile

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Sara Lefkowitz, RN, BSN, MPA, is a dynamic and engaging speaker who presents highly acclaimed seminars on stress reduction for healthcare workers 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; so she understands the difficulties of juggling family and career responsibilities.

Sara is naturally curious and a lifelong learner. This spirit helped her face her own periods of burnout with optimism and hope. She is excited to share with you the best techniques from her studies on mindfulness based stress reduction, meditation, compassion, and wellbeing. Because the best cure can be a day in nature; Sara is often found kayaking on the bay or hiking in the mountains.

Sara hopes you will join her in this experiential and career-changing workshop. She will teach you how to calm the mind, soothe the emotions and speak up for the profession. In a nutshell, when stressed; breathe, feel your feet on the floor, and choose kindness.


Speaker Disclosures
Financial: Sara Lefkowitz has an employment relationship with the College of Marin. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Sara Lefkowitz has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  1. Practice in-the-moment stress reduction techniques.
  2. Evaluate the long-term benefits of a regular meditation practice.
  3. Analyze compassion practices that help nurses regulate emotional distress.
  4. Choose ways the nurse can professionally respond to workplace bullies.
  5. Integrate techniques to increase teamwork and cooperation in the workplace.
  6. Discover strategies to bring closure to the workday.
  7. Develop a plan to increase self-care and wellness in your life.


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!

Target Audience

  • Nurses



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 2


Sonia Q

"The Presentation was more than what I expected. Truly enjoyed it. "

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