Developing Resilience to Stress

Your Stress Pal

By Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick
Twitter: @drnic1
Host of Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist#TheIncrementalist

On this episode I spoke to Pennie Sempell, JD, CEO for StressPal (@Stress_Pal) that is working to build better resilience in healthcare communities to stress and burn out. Pennie started out in Psychology, graduated from law school, and worked in mediation that led to a career focused on stress reduction. Pennie has penned several recent articles on the challenges faced by the healthcare community – here on HealthItAnswers and on KevinMD both pointing to the exploding problem of burn out that is now in “uncharted territory”.

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We talk about the incremental training steps offered from a science-based approach that goes above and beyond the traditional meditation and mindfulness that you might be familiar with and how their solution builds on this with a privacy-based system. We discuss the existing burden of stressors on healthcare staff, many that pre-date COVID19 (System and administrative such as data entry, EMR’s and the financial challenges with payor) and the additional burden imposed by the Pandemic that includes the additional risk and fear associated with the disease.

Listen to hear why physicians are more resilient to stress but that resilience is not a given, can be increased or decreased, and needs constant nurturing, and hear what your 3 steps to flexibility and resilience to stress are.

About the Show
For years Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick, has served as a voice on the impact of new technologies on healthcare, earning a reputation as a leading authority on where the future of medicine is going. Combining powers of observation and real world experience, Dr. Nick has seen many predictions come true and makes the case that innovations in healthcare can be accomplished incrementally, not just by moonshot events. Tune in to hear Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist and his guests discuss what the future of healthcare looks like, how we will get there, and what it will take to improve healthcare for all.

This article was originally published on the Dr. Nick – The Incrementalist blog and is republished here with permission.