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First Heal the Healer: Supporting Clinician Wellbeing during the Covid-19 Pandemic

  • 25 Feb 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Webinar


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Friday, February 25, 2022

Noon – 2:00 PM CDT

With presenters Sarah Richards, MD and Steven Wengel, MD

This webinar is intended for clinicians who would like to learn more about the impact of Covid-19 on healthcare workers. The speakers will share data about

  • the prevalence and drivers of burnout and mental health concerns in healthcare workers,
  • how this has changed during the pandemic.

Additionally, they will review a variety of approaches to support clinician wellbeing including:

  • the need to normalize and validate stressors commonly faced by clinicians,
  • destigmatize getting help,
  • empower individuals to support one another,
  • facilitate change at the local and system-level

Participants attending this live webinar may receive 2 CEs for psychologists. This program also meets the criteria of an approved continuing education program for mental health practice.


    Sarah Richards, MD, FACP
    Dr. Richards is an Associate Professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and the Senior Medical Director for Clinician Experience at Nebraska Medicine.

    Dr. Richards joined the faculty as a Hospitalist in 2011 after completing medical school, residency, and a chief resident year at UNMC. She was named the Medical Director of Patient Experience for Nebraska Medicine in 2015. Her role then expanded to include physician and advanced practice provider (APP) experience in 2018. Given the evolving landscape in healthcare and high rates of professional burnout, Dr. Richards transitioned from her patient experience role to focus all her efforts on physician and APP wellbeing in 2021. In this system-wide leadership role, she has responsibility for developing, coordinating, and implementing strategies to improve clinician wellbeing and enhance professional satisfaction.

    Additionally, Dr. Richards is the current nominated chair of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) Wellbeing Taskforce in which she leads a team of national experts to reduce hospitalist burnout. She completed a Chief Wellness Officer course through Stanford University and a coach training program through Spiro in 2021.

    Steven Wengel, MD
    Dr. Wengel is originally from Omaha and received his bachelor’s degree from  UNL and his MD from UNMC. He completed his psychiatry residency and geriatric psychiatry fellowship training at Creighton University and UNMC. He has been practicing geriatric psychiatry since 1991. He sees patients in his office and at several local long-term care facilities in and around Omaha. He is an active and enthusiastic teacher of students and residents.

    Dr. Wengel has also served UNMC in several administrative roles, including clerkship director and department chair. In 2018 he became UNMC and UNO’s first Assistant Vice Chancellor for Campus Wellness, and in this role he is developing strategies to reduce stress and burnout in students, staff, faculty and healthcare professionals. His vision is to improve the physical, psychological, and social wellbeing of all who work and learn in the health care world, the academic environment, and the community at large.

    Special Guest… Amber Beighley, BSN, RN-BC

    Amber Beighley is a nurse who graduated from College of Saint Mary in 2018 and has been working at Nebraska Medicine ever since. During that time she has primarily worked on a Med-surg floor caring for patients with traumatic injuries, as well as working for several months on the covid unit. Most recently she has worked in the emergency department.

    Learning Objectives
    At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

    1. Describe the current state of burnout during the Covid-19 pandemic
    2. List the unique drivers of burnout in healthcare clinicians at baseline and during the Covid-19 pandemic
    3. Identify a variety of approaches and resources that can be used to support clinician wellbeing

    The Nebraska Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Nebraska Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. Participants attending this live webinar can receive 2 (two) CEs for psychologists. This program also meets the criteria of an approved continuing education program for mental health practice.

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