Released on October 23, 2020

National Expert to Teach Strategies for Thriving in Turbulent Times in Free Online Lecture Hosted by Orlando Health and the UCF College of Nursing


To help nurses thrive in the turbulent times of COVID-19 and beyond, Orlando Health and the UCF College of Nursing are hosting a free online lecture with national resilience expert J. Bryan Sexton from the Duke School of Medicine. Open to all healthcare professionals, the event will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at 2 p.m.

This is a very important time for nursing during this global pandemic, and a very important time for nurses to maintain their resilience.

Daleen Penoyer, director for the Center for Nursing Research and Advanced Nursing Practice at Orlando Health

Even before the pandemic, the level of emotional exhaustion in healthcare workers was already at an all-time-high with one out of three people already meeting the criteria for burnout. Nurses already experienced 2.8 times more stress than the average American and twice the rate of depression of other professionals. Now early research from COVID-19 shows increased levels of stress, anxiety and depression.

According to the American Nurses Association, “The well-being of nurses is fundamental to the health of our nation.” With the CDC adding that how providers cope with their emotions affects not only their well-being, but the care they give to others.

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“For each feeling of burnout, there is opportunity for resilience,” said J. Bryan Sexton, associate professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke School of Medicine and expert in resilience – the ability to bounce back from life’s obstacles.

In “Thriving Versus Surviving: Building Resilience in Turbulent Times,” Sexton will provide perspective, hope, and simple strategies for nurses to try during tense times. In addition to gaining valuable strategies for enhanced well-being, attendees will earn 2.0 nursing contact hours. Advance registration is required.

“This year, on the 10th anniversary of the Orlando Health Nursing Lecture Series at UCF, we’re proud to be able to offer this valuable education virtually to bring together a global nursing community to discuss this critically important and timely topic,” said Jayne Willis, Vice President & Chief Nursing Executive, Orlando Health.


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