Last October, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) released a report on the pervasiveness of burnout among nurses and physicians. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has greatly heightened the distress our clinicians are experiencing and accelerated the need to address the mental and emotional health of these caregivers.

These presenters, both of whom were members of the NAM Consensus Study Committee on System Approaches to Improve Patient Care by Supporting Clinician Wellbeing, will identify how individuals and healthcare systems can reduce burnout and improve clinician wellbeing particularly within a pandemic.

Sharon H. Pappas

Dr. Pappas is the Chief Nurse Executive for Emory Healthcare. She is a member of Emory Healthcare and the Woodruff Health Science Center’s senior leadership teams and is responsible for nursing practice across Emory’s ten hospitals, ambulatory care, and post-acute agencies. She also serves as professor for the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and is a board member of and representative for the American Organization of Nurse Leaders on the Commission on Magnet® for the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Dr. Pappas is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and past co-chair of the Expert Panel on Building Health System Excellence. She also served five years of service on the Colorado Board of Nursing and served on the Governor’s Task Force for Nurse Staffing.

Cynda Hylton Rushton

Dr. Rushton is the Anne and George L. Bunting Professor of Clinical Ethics in the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the School of Nursing. (Dr. Rushton holds a joint appointment in the School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics.) Her current scholarship focuses on moral suffering of clinicians, moral resilience, palliative care, and designing a culture of ethical practice. In 2016, she co-led a national collaborative State of the Science Initiative: Transforming Moral Distress into Moral Resilience in Nursing and co-chaired the American Nurses Association professional issues panel that created A Call to Action: Exploring Moral Resilience Toward a Culture of Ethical Practice. She is author and editor of Moral Resilience: Transforming Moral Suffering in Healthcare (Oxford University Press), the first place recipient of the AJN Book of the Year Award in professional issues. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the Hastings Center, and is a member of AJN's Editorial Board.

Both presenters were members of the National Academies of Science, Engineering & Medicine’s Committee on System Approaches to Improve Patient Care by Supporting Clinician Well-being.

Maureen Shawn Kennedy

Maureen “Shawn” Kennedy has been the editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Nursing since 2009 and continues overseeing AJN’s legacy of providing accurate and timely information for nurses. Through print, online, digital and social media channels, AJN is read by nurses throughout the world, as well as those outside of the profession, such as journalists and policymakers. Her editorials in AJN have received five Clarion awards from the Association of Women in Communications. In 2016, she received the Margaret Comerford Freda Award for Editorial Leadership from the International Academy of Nurse Editors, and in 2017, she was awarded The Nightingale Initiative for Global Health Advocacy in Action Award for excellence in promoting nursing scholarship. 

After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the findings of the NAM report on factors leading to clinician burnout and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in exacerbating those factors;
  • Identify changes that workplaces can make to address burnout and to support individuals who provide patient care;
  • Discuss what individuals can do to build resilience and reduce burnout

Lippincott Professional Development (LPD), winner of the ANCC Accreditation Premier Award in 2017 and 2018, will award 1.0 contact hours for this continuing nursing education activity.

LPD is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This activity is also provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 11749 for 1.0 contact hours, and LPD is an approved provider by the boards of nursing in District of Columbia, Florida, and Georgia (CE Broker #50-1223)