Menders: Lead from Within with Dr. Nicola De Paul

Use mindful leadership to address moral injury with Colleen Camenisch

March 11, 2023 Dr. Nicola De Paul Season 3 Episode 16
Menders: Lead from Within with Dr. Nicola De Paul
Use mindful leadership to address moral injury with Colleen Camenisch
Show Notes

Mindful leaders know that forcing mindfulness on their employees won’t solve burnout in healthcare. 

There is a common misconception about mindfulness popular with healthcare clinicians and leadership. We have gotten caught up in believing that mindfulness will help us be calmer, nicer, handle stress better, and recover from burnout faster. 

Mindfulness is a buzzword, and many hospitals and healthcare systems have adopted mindfulness classes as a primary employee wellness tool. 

Seeing mindfulness as one tool is ok, but when healthcare systems get caught up in seeing mindfulness as a fix for their employees, we have a problem.

Listen to learn how to apply mindfulness skills within your healthcare system:

  • Why mindfulness classes are not a fix for burnout. 
  • How mindfulness can help you shift how you work with and motivate distressed or unhappy employees.
  • Why seeing mindfulness as a fix for your unhappy employees blinds healthcare systems to the reality of systemic failures that lead to moral injury and burnout. 
  • How leaders can use mindfulness as a leadership tool to engage burnout hotspots successfully.
  • How leaders can become part of the solution to reduce burnout and promote healing in your healthcare systems. 
  • How mindfulness can help you create a healthy and high-performing healthcare system aligned with the core values of medicine and its employees.

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Bio: Colleen Camenisch is the Executive Director of the Nevada Physician Wellness Coalition. She works with healthcare leaders to apply a mindfulness-based approach to well-being within their organizations. She is a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher and Teacher Trainer.

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