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

Sara Lefkowitz
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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 live webcast 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.

Sign up today and 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!



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

Continuing Education Information: Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this live interactive webcast. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether web based activities are 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 mental health professionals.  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 professions standards.

CE Information is based on 100% attendance.

Information obtained in this course should be used within your scope of practice.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours.

California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17118 for 6.0 contact hours. Full attendance is required. No partial contact hours will be issued for partial attendance. 

Florida Nurses

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PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Nursing, Provider # FBN2858. This course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours. 

Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Full attendance at this activity qualifies for 6.3 contact hours. Full attendance in the activity is required; no partial contact hours will be issued for partial attendance. These contact hours are used for your license renewal. Please email with your license number, include the webcast title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid for the webcast.

Other Professions

This activity qualifies for 6.25 continuing education minutes 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. 



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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. 

Speaker Disclosures:

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.

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Access Period for Live Webcast

For live CE credit, you must watch the live webcast in its entirety at its scheduled time and complete the CE quiz and evaluation. You will have access for 90 days after the program for review. 

Webcast Schedule

Please note: There will be a lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.


  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. Establish 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



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