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Stress Reduction Strategies for Nurses: Revitalize Your Practice
DVD Video
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DVD Video - 4+ hours   Instructions
6 hr 11 min
Multi-disc DVD recording with electronic manual and instructions.
PESI HealthCare
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  1. Apply stress reduction strategies in your professional and personal life.
  2. Explain the components that contribute to burnout.
  3. Practice in-the-moment stress relief techniques including Four Square Breathing, Mindful Check–In and STOP.
  4. Differentiate between toxic and healthy workplace environments.
  5. Apply mindful communication techniques to patient care scenarios.
  6. Evaluate new techniques to process difficult emotions.
  7. Create a realistic self-care plan.

Know your Stress: Naming your Top 5 External and Internal Stressors

  • Workplace Stressors: Workload, high acuity, code blue, demanding patients, abusive co-workers, lack of control, scheduling
  • Home Stressors: Relationships, family, care giving, household management
  • Life Stressors: Money, time, illness, aging, death
  • Internal Stressors: Anger, fear, worry, attitudes, memories
  • Recognizing your stress reactivity pattern: Are you a Fight, Flight or Freezer?

Immediate Stress Relief

  • Learn and Practice Quick Stress Busters: Four Square Breathing, Recruiting the Senses, STOP

Long-Term Stress Relief

  • The new brain research: Neuroplasticity
  • Hypervigilance and the overactive amygdala
  • Mindfulness and Compassion Meditation Practices
  • Yoga
  • Self-Care

Nursing and Negative Stress Reaction Patterns

  • Burnout: Emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and loss of personal efficacy
  • Rate yourself: Maslach Burnout Inventory
  • Compassion fatigue
  • Lateral violence: Disruptive, abusive, or inappropriate behavior between nurses

Explore Mindfulness

  • Intention/Attention/Attitude
  • The present moment
  • Experience: Mindful eating
  • Mindful eating at work: Tips and techniques

Focus and Concentration

  • Calming the mind
  • Mindfulness Attention Awareness Scale (MAAS)
  • Mindfulness and patient safety
  • Experience: Mindfulness of breathing

Responding vs. Reacting to Stress

  • Stress reactivity habits
  • Experiential exercise: Stress awareness and stress release
  • Using awareness to ‘Center’ during workplace turmoil

Caring and Compassion: Exploring the Heart of Healthcare

  • Job satisfaction and burnout
  • Self-compassion: Kindness, common humanity, and mindfulness
  • Rate yourself: Self-Compassion Scale
  • Compassion Meditation 1: To work with difficult feelings (judgment, blame, shame, doubt) towards yourself
  • Compassion Meditation 2: To cultivate greater compassion towards self and others

Workplace Scenarios: Apply Mindful Communication

  • A patient’s family member wants to monopolize your time
  • You are overloaded and asked to take another admission
  • A colleague questions your clinical judgment
  • A patient is triggering unwelcome memories from your past
  • Today you are irritated by everyone at work
  • Working with an emotional spouse at the deathbed

Stress and the Workplace

  • The Toxic Workplace: Overwork, Bullying, Blame and Burnout
  • The Healthy Workplace: Teamwork, Safety, Mentoring, Flourishing
  • Employee health and wellness programs

Self-Care and Resiliency: Keys to a Sustainable Nursing Career

  • Stress reduction
  • Time management
  • Balance: Work to home transitions
  • Workplace wellness
  • Creating a self-care plan

Teaching Stress Reduction Strategies to Patients and Families

  • Choosing appropriate techniques



Sara Lefkowitz has a background in acute care nursing, specializing in medical/surgical and emergency care. Sara currently teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which is a curriculum developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Additionally, she is a faculty member for a nursing college in California. She maintains balance through her own daily mindfulness and compassion meditation practices.

Sara's passion is teaching experiential mindfulness based workshops. These workshops are designed to teach nurses skills to successfully manage stress and avoid burnout. In developing these workshops, Sara has integrated her experiences from beside nursing, curriculum development and meditation practice. She is practically influenced by the work of Rick Hanson and his use of neuroscience to explain the mind and the brain. Sara feels confident that the information presented will help nurses more optimally fulfill their desire to make a difference in the lives of others.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Sara Lefkowitz is a tenured nursing faculty for College of Marin. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Sara Lefkowitz is a member of the American Nurses Association; and the San Francisco Bay Area Tara Mandela Sangha.
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