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Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN

Creating Mindful Systems

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What You'll Learn

  • Understand the full scope of the burnout epidemic affecting healthcare providers today, and learn the research on mindfulness and clinician well-being

  • Hear real examples of how mindfulness has been integrated into existing healthcare systems, and discover the effects that mindful practices can have on a systemic level

  • Explore the systemic barriers to creating mindful environments at work, and get practical advice for making sustainable changes in your organization

About Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN

Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the president of the Mind & Life Institute, which serves as the primary convener, catalyst and community builder for the contemplative sciences. She began her career as a registered nurse caring for individuals with cancer and mental illness and those facing the end of life, followed by doctoral and post-doctoral training in psychoneuroimmunology and psycho-oncology. She has taught and researched mindfulness and compassion practices in health care and higher education at the University of Virginia, Emory University, Harvard Medical School and the University of Massachusetts. Susan has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and leading retreats and workshops for over 20 years, and is the author of the book, Leaves Falling Gently: Living Fully with Serious & Life-Limiting Illness through Mindfulness, Compassion & Connectedness.

About Rheanna Hoffmann, RN, BSN, MA-Cert

Rheanna Hoffmann, RN, BSN, MA-Cert, is a nurse, coach, and meditation guide. She is the Founder of The Whole Practitioner, a coaching business designed to help medical practitioners access and transmute their underlying causes of stress. As a nurse, she has worked in emergency, hospice, and Indigenous medicine, and on death row. She is trained in somatic and wilderness therapy, and is a certified auricular acupuncture specialist. She aspires to create environments where medical practitioners and students discover how their personality, values, and hidden gifts can align with their work. She is trained as a Nurse Coach through The Nurse Coach Collective. To learn more about Rheanna's work, the evidenced-based signs and symptoms of moral injury and burnout, and the guided questions to establish your next steps, click here.

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  1. Sara Lefkowitz May 24, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    Thank you for a wonderful podcast. I would like to share the practice of Mindful Handwashing: When the nurse or other healthcare practitioner washes their hands; they take a moment, to pause, breathe, notice and name thoughts and emotions, and connect with the soothing tactile sensations of hands touching hands.
    I will be leading a Nurses Retreat at Garrison Institute in New York September 8-12. In this retreat, we will practice Mindful Handwashing and other in the moment techniques to integrate mindfulness and compassion into the healthcare workplace. I hope nurses interested in this material will attend and share what they are doing in their workplaces. It is another opportunity to participate in the healing of ourselves and our profession.
    Sara Lefkowitz MPA, BSN RN

  2. kerry fantelli May 24, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    May I ask for speakers, if these are not prerecorded, to include advanced practitioners when they talk about Health care professionals?
    There is a large portion of NPs and PAs that provide care and it would be lovely for us all to be included. Thank you.

  3. Kathy May 24, 2019 at 5:04 am

    Thank you Susan, I saw you in Arizona at the Mind and Life Institute conference that I attended. Thank you all your great work bringing the attention to contemplative sciences.

  4. Samba Nyirenda,MD May 24, 2019 at 3:50 am

    ” Changing HOW you do it., HOW you show up…”

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