Stress & Burnout in the Health Care Professional

1.00 CEU

Stress, stated simply, is the way an individual interprets and responds to an event. What is perceived to be stressful to one person, may be challenging and exciting to another. Not all stress is bad. Weddings, job promotions, and vacations can all produce stress, but most identify these as harmless stress events. But the stress of caregiving, in an imperfect system, can be fatiguing. Such emotional fatigue can result in burnout.

Burnout is the progressive process of fatigue and depletion of resources; energy is reduced; the possibility of investing in others diminishes.

Course Objectives:

  • Define “burnout” as it relates to ones professional life.
  • List and describe four system-generated causes of stress.
  • List and describe four self-generated causes of stress.
  • Describe adaptive habits which can reduce negative stress.
  • Discuss work-related system and administrative changes that lead to a less stressful work environment.

Course Approvals:

This course is offered by Missouri Assisted Living Association (MALA) and MALA is an approved Training Agency for the Missouri Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators.

NAB: This educational offering has been reviewed by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and approved for 1 clock hour.

About the Instructor

ann_widmerDr. Ann Widmer is the Dean of the School of Management at Concordia University Portland where she developed the Baccalaureate degree in Health Care Administration and their case-based Masters in Business Administration. She teaches in the area of Health Care Law and Ethics and directs the research, thesis and internship courses for the MBA.

She has published three national award winning books in health care administration, home health care, and hospice. The latest, Home Health Care Nursing, was released by Harcourt, Brace, Saunders Spring, 2002. Dr. Widmer serves on numerous corporate and not-for profit boards in Portland for long term care and parish nursing. She is on the executive committee for Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, and was voted one of the Twenty Five Outstanding Business Women in Portland in 1998 by the Oregon Business Journal.