Preventing Exhaustion and Burnout in EMS Professionals [2021]
Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Greater Columbus Convention Center
Room: C150

   Katherine Sanders, Ph.D., Sanders Consulting

Track: Emergency Preparedness and Response
Secondary Track: Social and Behavioral
Session Type: Educational Session
Skill Level: All Levels

Emergency medical services (EMS) and first responders are high burnout professions. Conversations about wellness and resiliency are necessary, but not sufficient. What is it about EMS personnel that makes them prone to high levels of exhaustion (associated with errors, injuries, illness, absenteeism and turnover)? Work system design promotes either health or illness. We have more than 100 years of research on the design of healthy work systems. Let’s talk about how the research translates to your work system. This workshop is designed for EMS personnel, first responders and individuals who work in emergency services.

Learning Objectives:
Explain the differences between healthy work system design versus wellness initiatives and resiliency strategies
Summarize the foundational research on how work design promotes health or illness
Describe a three-part framework for designing healthy work systems that meets the needs of EMS, reduces the risk of harm, and contributes to organizational sustainability
Identify risk factors of EMS workload, work pressure and work pace into your own work system

CEU Hours:  
  IACET: 0.3
  HRCI: 4
  EMS: 4.8
  BWC Discount Programs: 4

File & Handouts:
Healthy Work Framework
Sanders Maslow
Sanders Herzberg Hygiene
Sanders Stress Strain
Sanders Herzberg Motivators
Sanders Hackman Oldham
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