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Episode 1: Is Your Resiliency at Risk? Signs Your Resiliency is Fading and How to Rebuild it

Host: Maddy Pearson, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Guests: Erin Collier, RN, and Amanda Moment, LICSW

“We pour a tremendous amount of energy into our patients, our colleagues and the profession, and very little is left as a reserve to tend to ourselves. It's been a process to come to see myself and my own needs, and it’s been amazing to watch as I tended to myself how much more of me gets to show up in the caregiving relationship and how much more joy and delight there can be in the profession when I’m part of that equation.” – Erin Collier, RN

Learn how to identify signs that your resiliency is low and what you can do about it in this episode, featuring guests Erin Collier, RN, clinical nurse in Palliative Care, and Amanda Moment, LICSW, of Palliative Care Social Work. Erin and Amanda talk about why practicing self-care is essential for nurses, how it positively impacts others and what their own practices include.

Show Notes

Our experts have shared the following resources for listeners who wish to continue exploring the topics discussed in this episode.

  • van Dernoot Lipsky L, Burk C. Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others. Berrett-Koehler Pub. 2009
  • Katz RS, Johnson TA. When Professionals Weep: Emotional and Countertransference Responses in End-of-Life Care. Routledge: New York. 2006.
  • Rothschild, B. Help for the Helper: The Psychophysiology of Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma. Norton, W W. & Company, Inc. 2006

About our Guests

Erin Collier, RN

Erin CollierErin has worked in palliative care and oncology at the Brigham for more than 20 years. She is a single mother of two teenagers. She considers both of these caregiving roles to be spiritual practices and continues to seek balance and delight in the day-to-day challenges of tending.

Erin says she finds sustenance and inspiration from daily time spent outdoors, movement and meditation, as well as from her love of all living creatures.

Amanda Moment, LICSW

Amanda MomentAmanda has worked as a palliative care social worker for 12 years, primarily on the Brigham and Women’s Intensive Palliative Care Unit, a 12-bed oncology unit focused on providing complex medical and psychosocial care.

She specializes in issues of work sustainability, legacy planning and family communication about advanced illness and end of life issues.

In her time at the Brigham, Amanda has co-chaired the BWH Bereavement Committee, participated on the Social Work Advisory Group and served as a faculty member for the HMS Center for Palliative Care Fellowship.

She has also provided clinical education and supervision to multiple staff members and students and presented and taught at numerous conferences. During the pandemic, some of her work transitioned to a focus on supporting families through grief and bereavement related to the loss of a loved one to COVID-19.

Episode Length: 28 minutes
Episode Air Date: March 24, 2021


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