6. Transforming Burnout with Jim Damron

Seniors' Care Matters show

Summary: In today’s episode, we discuss burnout within the caregiving profession and how to build your capacity to prevent burnout<br> In this episode:<br> Jim and I talk about burnout – how to identify it and how to prevent it, along with:<br> <br> The definition and three main characteristics of burnout<br> The connection between burnout and compassion fatigue<br> <br> <br> How building your compassion capacity can help prevent burnout<br> <br> <br> What we can learn from actors to help deal with burnout<br> <br> <br> How ‘self ignorance’ – or lack of self awareness, unmet expectations and unrealistic expectations can lead to burnout<br> <br> <br> Storytelling (and writing) as a means to building your compassion capacity<br> <br> Guest Info<br> Building off his experiences as a clinician who struggled and succumbed to burnout, Jim Damron learned how to transform the adverse effects into ways to mitigate and prevent it from happening again. With his keynotes and workshops, Jim teaches others how to unmask the symptom and discover the real problem hiding underneath.<br> <br> As a speaker, Jim engages his audience with life-transforming stories. As a workshop teacher, Jim helps participants craft their own story to build trust and foster compassion with others, and as a Life Coach, Jim guides clients to move beyond where they are to where they want to be.<br> <br> Jim holds advanced degrees in Theology and Bioethics and is the founder of Grapevine Academy, an online discovery platform dedicated to helping caregivers grow. He is also the author of Smoke Screening: Narratives to Navigate Caregiver Burnout, is a Respiratory Therapist and is a trained Ethics Consultant.<br> <br> <br> Resources<br> You can connect with Jim at <a href="http://www.jimdamron.com">www.jimdamron.com</a>. There you can access his free download “Caregivers Guide to Burnout.”  <br> <br> Jim's book is available <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Smoke-Screening-Narratives-Navigate-Caregiver/dp/1946425419/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8">here. </a>You can also find Jim on <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimdamron/">LinkedIn,</a> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/GrapevineAcademy/">Facebook,</a> and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC__ZohgQznDSJMDzEw6ybxw">Youtube. </a><br> <br> Click the link below to receive weekly updates and stay informed about new Seniors' Care Matters podcast episodes!<br> <br> * <a href="http://eepurl.com/gmA_JX">http://eepurl.com/gmA_JX</a><br> <br> Transcript<br> <br> Intro (00:00): Welcome to Seniors' Care Matters, part of the qodpod network. Each week, Seniors' Care Matters provides inspiring interviews and insights to help you lead, connect and engage with your teams and your residents' families. We focus on ways to enhance your leadership approach and presence with practical tips, to build a relational culture and create breakthrough results. And now here's your host for Seniors' Care Matters, Deborah Bakti.<br> <br> Deb (00:30): Today we're going to be talking about burnout with Jim Damron. Jim is a speaker and a life coach who specializes in topics most people run away from like end of life issues, physician assisted suicide, religious topics, and burnout. Jim works as a respiratory therapist and as an ethics consultant, and he's the author of the book called Smoke Screening: narratives to navigate caregiver burnout. Jim's earned six degrees, including three graduate degrees, which means, and these are his words, not mine, that he's not smart enough to know when to stop studying. Through Jim's work, he teaches others how to unmask the symptoms of burnout and discover the real problem hiding underneath. This was such a fun conversation to have, even with the topic of burnout. He has such a practical way of approaching this subject with humour and empathy.