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Rising in Resilience: Freedom from Burnout for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals

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Rising in Resilience: Freedom from Burnout for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals



Cost: $


CE's Available:


Jessica Conway, RN, MSN

Jessica's class was phenomenal. I highly encourage anyone to take this course regardless of your profession. I learned easy exercises and actionable techniques to rebalance my nervous system. The best part was some of these exercises are only a few minutes long so busy nurses can implement these at work or while on a break. Jessica is calm, warm and engaging. She creates a safe healing space for her students to learn and connect. I left every class feeling refreshed and like I had a new tool in my toolbox to tackle the next day. The thing I loved most about this course was the information was easy to implement into my life with little time. As well as small changes count and make a big difference. Thank you Jessica for sharing all of your knowledge with us!" - Christine Pardee, RN

Course Overview

The purpose of this course is to empower nurses, first responders, and other healthcare professionals to prevent and heal burnout and optimize resilience so they can envision, create, and implement positive change. Based on Polyvagal Theory, Somatic Psychology, and Neurophysiology.

This course teaches nurses, first responders, and other healthcare professionals how to choose evidence-based tools that regulate the nervous system, build capacity, and increase social engagement.

Somatic transformation aims not only to release tension, regulate the nervous system, and promote self-awareness and resilience, but ultimately supports us in embodying new ways of being, aligned with a broader vision.

Format ● Recorded Teaching Sessions: Six 60-90 min recorded sessions with lectures augmented with stories and experiential exercises. Participants get lifetime access to recordings.
● Independent Study: Participants will consume self-paced learning material (readings, worksheets, videos, etc.) within the Thinkific or Kajabi learning platform. Participants will have 180 days of access to the self-paced portion of course materials on the learning platform.
● Live Q&A/Interactive Discussions: Three, 90-minute, live Q&A and interactive sessions held every three weeks with whole group or small group discussions.
Cohort 1: Summer 2024

Wednesdays, 12-1:30pm ET (US & Canada)

June 26, 2024

July 17, 2024

August 7, 2024

Cohort 2: Fall 2024

Wednesdays, 12-1:30pm ET (US & Canada)

October 30, 2024

November 20, 2024

December 11, 2024

Key Instructional Elements
● Lectures with storytelling, powerpoint teaching, experiential guided meditations and experiential somatic exercises.
● Application exercises and embodiment practices taught in recorded sessions as self-paced videos and practiced independently.
● Worksheets, additional resources, readings, videos and self-paced learning material.
● Assessments to demonstrate understanding (multiple choice, true/false, and short response).
● Community building and conversation throughout the program via Facebook group or other platform.
● Live Q&A and interactive discussion sessions every few weeks.


MODULE 1: Overview of Applied Polyvagal Theory and its application within healthcare burnout, prevention and resilience.
● The role of the autonomic nervous system in physical and mental health.
● How our behaviors, thoughts and emotions rest on the platform of our autonomic state.
● The capacity of the nervous system to be re-tuned.
● Overview of Applied Polyvagal Theory - Learn How Your Nervous System Operates.
● Three Core Principles of Polyvagal Theory: Neuroception, Hierarchy, and Co-Regulation.
● How ‘state drives story’
● Vagus Nerve
● Window Of Capacity
● Definition of Burnout
● Physiology of Burnout- Understand the physiology behind burnout and why you can’t simply think your way out of your reactions. (1-10 scale)
● Explore applied Polyvagal Theory within healthcare burnout prevention and healing.
● Negativity Bias of Neuroception
● Resilience Defined
● Physiology of Resilience

Module 1 Worksheet Activities/Embodiment Practices/Resources
● Grounding and Centering Guided Meditation
● Somatic Exploration Prompts (3)
● The eddy of burnout and river of life story

MODULE 2: The N.U.R.S.E. Resiliency Protocol: A 5-Step Map to Prevent and Heal Burnout and Deep Dive into Steps 1 and 2 of the N.U.R.S.E. Resiliency Protocol
● Discover the 5-step N.U.R.S.E. Resiliency ProtocolTM: A science-based map to foster embodied self-awareness, appraising stress responses appropriateness to environment and situation, and utilize effective somatic strategies to regulate persistent, disproportionate and/or incongruous stress activation.
● Deep dive into steps 1 and 2 of the N.U.R.S.E. Resiliency Protocol - Notice and Name (step 1) and Understanding (step 2).
● The Primal Language of the Body
● Felt Sense, Body Sensation and Feeling Review
● Mapping Your Individual Nervous System
● Becoming the Witness
● Creating a Holding Environment
● The 1-10 scale
● Learn how to use your awareness and understanding of the nervous system to move through life with more compassion, choice, and empowerment.

Module 2 Worksheet Activities/Embodiment Practices/Resources
● Mapping your ANS
● Body Sensations, Feelings, Needs List
● Felt Sense Definition
● Becoming The Witness Guided Meditation
● Somatic Exploration Prompts (3)

MODULE 3: Capacity to Learn the Power of Resourcing and Regulation to Increase Your Window of Stress and Overcome Burnout
● Deep dive into step 3 of the N.U.R.S.E. Resiliency Protocol: Resource and Regulate.
● Learn simple and effective science-backed resilience tools and techniques to regulate your nervous system, as a buffer against everyday workplace stressors.
● Create a personalized resilience toolkit based on your unique nervous system to use in a variety of situations and scenarios.
● Learn how to best attune to your body and each nervous system state.
● Learn how to build capacity and flexibility in your nervous system for empowered resilience.

Module 3 Worksheet Activities/Embodiment Practices
● Micro Moments Matter
● Overwhelm Toolkit
● Collapse/Withdrawal Toolkit
● Resourcing Yourself - the 1-10 scale Guided Practice
● Savor Safety
● Somatic Exploration Prompts (3)

MODULE 4: Co-Regulation and Somatic (Felt-Sense) Boundaries to Create a Healthy and Healing Relationship with Yourself, Others and the World Around You
● Unlock the power of co-regulation to help you navigate confrontation, communication and connection in your relationships and work life.
● Learn how to create healthy boundaries for sustainability at work and at home.
● Attunement to Self and Other

Module 4 Worksheet Activities/Embodiment Practices
● Co-Regulation Somatic Exploration
● Boundary Somatic Exploration
● Somatic Exploration Prompts (3)

MODULE 5: Somatic Explorations to Re-Tune Your Nervous System and Re-Write Your Story
● Deep dive into step 4 of the N.U.R.S.E. Resiliency Protocol - Somatic Inquiry.
● Learn various somatic explorations and inquiries that support you in embodying new ways of being, aligned with a broader vision.

Module 5 Worksheet Activities/Embodiment Practices
● Somatic Flow Writing Practice
● The N.U.R.S.E. Resiliency Protocol Workbook - Working with Our Triggers
● Somatic Exploration Prompts (3)

MODULE 6: The N.U.R.S.E. Resiliency Protocol for empowered awareness and embodied change. An individual and systems look at implementing positive change.
● Deep dive into step 5 of the N.U.R.S.E. Resiliency Protocol - Embody, Empower, Expand - For empowered awareness, embodied change, and an expanded window of capacity.
● Together let's implement the tools and skills learned in this course to look at the healthcare system and lay the foundation for healing and permanent systems change.
● We will hold a closing ceremony to honor our journey together and set intentions for the next step.

Module 6 Worksheet Activities/Embodiment Practices
● Declaration Statement

Learning Objectives:
At the end of the program, participants will be better able to...
● Notice and name the different nervous system states
● Describe how the nervous system operates using Applied Polyvagal Theory and Neurophysiology
● Utilize evidence-based tools to resource and regulate their nervous system into a more regulated state
● Describe how the nervous system is affected by stress, trauma, and burnout
● Create states of connection and safety, even in high stress environments using the principles of Polyvagal Theory
● Describe the three guiding principles of Polyvagal Theory: neuroception, the autonomic hierarchy, and co- regulation
● Explain how our nervous system state affects our overall health, growth, and restoration
● Apply the principles of Polyvagal Theory to help the body find, feel and absorb what's safe to the body
● Create strategies, inner resources, habits, daily practices and relationships that promote feelings of safety and connection in the body



Recommended Audience

nurses, first responders, physicians, PAs, and other healthcare professionals

CE's and/or Certificate of Completion Available

CEs pending
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Jessica Conway, RN, MSN

Jessica Conway, RN, MSN, RYTT, is a multifaceted healer with over 14 years of critical care nursing experience. A passionate seeker of truth and wisdom in the human experience, Jessica's journey from burnout and nervous system dysregulation led her to become a Somatic Practitioner, Safe and Sound Protocol Provider, Yoga Instructor, and Meditation Guide. With a heart that feels life intensely, she created the transformative course "Rising in Resilience- A Journey to Freedom from Burnout" to empower Nurses, First Responders, other Healthcare Professionals, and Organizations to prevent and heal burnout and nurture resilience. As a trauma-informed Somatic Practitioner, her mission is to help others trust their inner guidance, rekindle their vitality, and embark fearlessly on their unique path towards a full and authentic life, grounded in the body and truth.

Jessica Conway, RN, MSN


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