Finding Your Joy in Practice Again
Health care professionals (HCPs) have a common goal of positively impacting patient care through the safe delivery of high-quality health care. They have a unique opportunity to create an environment wherein they touch the lives of many individuals and truly embrace the theme of ‘it is more than just a job’. They should feel enlivened by the work they do and the impact they have. However, feelings of emotional exhaustion and decreased empathy, a lack of feeling of professional accomplishment, loss of work fulfillment and reduced effectiveness can creep in. This activity will help HCPs and leaders learn the signs to look for, how to communicate about such feelings and how to develop organizational and individual strategies to find joy in practice once again.
This activity is jointly provided by OptumHealth Education and UnitedHealth Group — Center for Clinician Advancement.
There was no commercial support received for this activity.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of counselors, nurse practitioners, nurses, PAs, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians, psychologists, social workers (all practice types) and other HCPs who have an interest in compassionate, high-quality, person-centered care.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Describe factors that may contribute to a decrease in professional joy and how these factors impact patient care and quality.
- List high-level interventions and best practices that may be implemented at an organizational level to engage HCPs and positively impact their day-to-day practice.
- Identify short- and long-term, evidence-based strategies to help HCPs find joy in their practice again.
Lewis G. Sandy, MD, FACP
Executive Vice President, Clinical Advancement
About the moderator
Dr. Sandy is Executive Vice President of Clinical Advancement at UnitedHealth Group (a Fortune 25 diversified health and well-being company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives). At UnitedHealth Group, he focuses on clinical innovation, payment/delivery reforms to modernize the US health care system, and physician collaboration. He also is a Principal in the UnitedHealth Center for Health Reform and Modernization, with a focus on payment/delivery innovation and policy. From 2003 to 2007, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of UnitedHealthcare, UnitedHealth Group’s largest business, focusing on the employer/individual health benefits market. From 1997 to 2003, he was Executive Vice President of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), where he was responsible for the Foundation's program development and management, strategic planning and administrative operations. Prior to this, Dr. Sandy was a program Vice President of the Foundation, focusing on workforce, health policy and chronic care initiatives. An internist and former health center medical director at the Harvard Community Health Plan in Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Sandy received his BS and MD degrees from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Stanford University. A former RWJF Clinical Scholar and Clinical Fellow in Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Sandy completed his internship and residency at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. He is a Senior Fellow of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in the Department of Health Policy and Management.
Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience
National Academy of Medicine
Jacquelyn B. Fletcher
Heartwood Healing, LLC
About the presenters
Charlee Alexander is a Program Officer at the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) where she directs the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-being and Resilience, a network of more than 150 organizations committed to reversing trends in clinician burnout and improving the well-being of health care professionals. She also co-directs the NAM Culture of Health Program, a multiyear collaborative effort funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to identify strategies to create and sustain conditions that support equitable good health for all Americans. Charlee graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in political science and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in public health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Jacquelyn B. Fletcher is the founder of Heartwood Healing. She began her training in mindfulness and resilience techniques more than 20 years ago when she lost 100 pounds that she has kept off for two decades. Her love of understanding human behavior won her a year-long fellowship from the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society to study with a team of therapists. Over the years, she has offered mindfulness and resilience training and coaching to thousands of people through her work with organizations including Mayo Clinic, UnitedHealth Group, LyondellBasell, Weight Watchers, Senior Care Communities, the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa, and many more. She is also a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and Great Story Coach.
Ms. Fletcher graduated with degrees in English and Women’s Studies from Wellesley College and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing and Publishing from Emerson College. She was the co-creator and host of the Healing Words television show and a founding faculty member of the Creative Writing at the Bedside program, both administered by the Lavins Center for Humanities in Medicine at Mayo Clinic. Her advice has been featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chicago Tribune, Experience Life magazine, The Huffington Post, LifetimeTV.com, OmTimes Magazine, Macleans, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota Parent magazine, Newsday, PsychologyToday.com, St. Paul Pioneer Press, and the Washington Post. She recently served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Loft Literary Center, and she is the award-winning author of 14 books including Dear Body, Love Me. Her work has received an iParenting Media Excellence Award, and she was a Gold Recipient of a Mom’s Choice Award.
Sarah Chart, RN
Jeanne Gibson, RN
Rebecca Gleason, RN
Mary Jo Jerde, MBA, BSN, RN, FAAN
Jennifer K. Meyer, MBA, CSSBB
Tina Rydland, PharmD
Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.
The activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and UnitedHealth Group — Center for Clinician Advancement. OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Credit designation statements
This activity was planned by and for the health care team, and learners will receive 1.00 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hour(s) ([0.10] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 1.00 contact hour(s).
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-9999-24-035-H04-P/T
OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Counselors, psychologists, social workers and/or marriage and family therapists
Participants must have attended the entire Web-based activity and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate. Partial credit is not available.
OptumHealth Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this program. 1.00 CE hour.
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, OptumHealth Education is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. OptumHealth Education maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 live continuing education credits.
Counselors and/or marriage and family therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure.
A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization with which they wish to obtain credit.
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacists
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 APA - Psychologists
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
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