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Published on Nov 16, 2017
Numerous external factors contribute to nursing burnout. Pediatric intensive care nurse, Alina Sato, discusses her personal struggle with burnout and how an internal experience with grief was the biggest culprit. But rather than giving in, she learned to reframe her natural response to pain and suffering, and instead of resisting it as a “thief of life,” came to embrace it as life-giving. Alina is a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) nurse. Prior to becoming a nurse, she conducted research amongst the frail elderly in nursing homes, which included toileting, feeding, and exercise interventions to demonstrate the need for greater staffing levels. The research work motivated her to become a bedside nurse, as she found herself drawn to both the science and the art of skillful, wholehearted nursing. Alina is now passionate about giving voice to the oft-hidden heart experience of nurses as they work in vulnerable closeness to the sick, suffering, and dying. As such, her writing has been featured in Off the Charts, the blog for the American Journal of Nursing (AJN), and the Oxford Handbook of Meaningful Work. Her essay titled “Intimate Strangers” will be published in the August 2017 edition of AJN. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx