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Digital Seminar

Nurses in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Work and Home Strategies to Reduce Your Stress, Fear and Frustration

Sara Lefkowitz, RN, BSN, MPA
1 Hour 05 Minutes
Audio and Video
Apr 17, 2020
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During this extremely stressful time…nurses are amazing the country.

In the midst of uncertainty, chaos, fear and crisis, those on the frontlines are delivering their best to patients. The work is hard and long. Physically and emotionally exhausting. This pandemic is like no other we’ve experienced. Triaging patients. Shortages of protective gear and lifesaving equipment. Patient assignments sometimes becoming unthinkable. Safety concerns for patients, yourself and…your family. It’s taking a personal toll. The risk for burnout is high.

Sara Lefkowitz, MPA, BSN, RN, is passionate to share her insights when it comes to the intense feelings of compassion fatigue that so many nurses are experiencing. Nurses can be highly critical of their own performance, when things don’t seem quite…perfect. Learn some immediately helpful self-soothing techniques that will help with your internal kindness and the ability to regain calm in the middle of these incredibly busy days. The emotional intensity of nursing situations and dynamic relationships with patients, families and coworkers can create a sense of overwhelm. Unprocessed emotional experiences may result in the nurse replaying workday scenarios and emotions long after they have happened. Sara has strategies to help digest these emotions in a healthy way…so that you can relax, find peace, focus and sleep well.

Come together for this recording with fellow nurses from across the country. Connecting frontline heroes from various geographies, departments and settings, all understanding that there is a need right now to process the heaviness of their current pandemic experiences and emotions.


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PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 1.0 self-study contact hours. 

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PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 1.0 self-study contact hours.

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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. Devise methods to calm the mind at work and at home.
  2. Practice compassion practices to soother the body.
  3. Plan how to use the empathy buddy to process difficult work emotions.


How do you remain calm during coronavirus storm? This experiential program will present easy to learn techniques to calm the mind, soothe the body and process difficult emotions. Techniques utilizing mindfulness meditation, compassion and communication will be presented to work with stress.

  • Expressing gratitude to healthcare workers
  • Coronavirus challenges:
    • Intensification of stress
    • Lack of PPEs
    • Fear of contracting the disease
    • Anxiety about transmitting it to others
    • Staffing and workload  
  • Extending kindness to coworkers
  • Destress by letting go of being perfect/Accepting that we are all doing the best we can
  • Staying mentally and physically healthy: Meditation, Sleep, Safety, Exercise, Diet
  • Experiential Practices: Mindful meditation, Mindful Check In, Mindful Handwashing, and Empathetic Communication   
  • Transitioning to home: Leaving work at work and being present for yourself and family

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Other Healthcare Professionals



Overall:      4.8

Total Reviews: 4


Trish C


Wendy L

"Very interesting and helpful topic during this COVID-19 Pandemic. Thank you."

Robin L

"loved this program!!"

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