Feeling Depleted? Get Inspired by These Ted Talks

Those who choose to make a career out of medicine usually do so because they want to make an impact. Nurses, techs, and other medical professionals have made a life of caring for others, and this sacrificial nature just can’t be taught. But with the added restrictions, requirements, and general stress of COVID-19, we can often come home exhausted, forgetting why we chose healthcare in the first place. That’s why we’ve compiled a few TED Talks to inspire you and give you some fresh perspective. 

 

Compassion Fatigue: What is it and do you have it?

Juliette Watt discusses “Compassion Fatigue,” a syndrome that healthcare workers know all too well. She teaches the audience how to recognize it and develop tools to show compassion to others in ways that help and not deplete us.

Adrienne Boissy: Can empathy help us heal health care? | TED Talk

Chief Experience Officer and staff neurologist at the Cleveland Clinic, Adrienne Bossy discusses patient experience under the current system. He makes a case for empathy as a prescription for what ails not only patients but the system itself.

Stephen Trzeciak: Healthcare’s compassion crisis

In this TED Talk, Stephen Trzeciak, MD, MPH, and Professor of Medicine at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, focuses on the deterioration of compassion in healthcare. His new methodology, “compassionomics,” asserts that patient care, when governed by compassion, has a greater impact.

Keeping Your Head Up

When we’re experiencing burnout, it’s always a good idea to surround ourselves with uplifting messages that stir our hearts and remind us of our original desire to serve others. As you head into another day, we hope that you find inspiration in recalling these words.