It goes without saying, healthcare professionals are some of the most dedicated and hardworking individuals in the world, and their commitment to saving lives and improving the health of their patients is inspiring in it of itself. However, with the high demands and stressful nature of the job, it can be easy for these professionals to become burnt out and lose sight of their passion. That is where Ted Talks come in.
For healthcare professionals, these talks can provide a much-needed source of motivation, inspiration, and new ideas to help them navigate the challenges of their profession and continue to make a positive impact on the lives of others. Here are three must-listen-to TED Talks to help get you through any rocky patch and remind you why you choose healthcare in the first place:
In this TED Talk, Carolyn Jones, a champion for the nursing profession, showcases five years of interviewing, photographing, and filming nurses across the U.S. Her work captures nurses involved in treating patients facing some of the country’s biggest health issues, spotlighting the honorable work of nurses working on the front lines of healthcare. If you’re a nurse in need a little motivation and confidence boost, this TED Talk will help!
There’s no denying that caregiving can be very mentally draining for all types of healthcare professionals. This TED Talk by Patricia Smith, founder of the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project, explains the importance of healthcare professionals making time for their own emotional, physical, and spiritual health to combat fatigue and provide the best care to their patients. From exercise to social activities, this TED Talk delves into how nurses can improve their well-being for greater personal and professional success.
If you’re in the nursing profession, you may often feel emotionally drained from treating patients with terminal and life-ending illnesses, as well as their grieving families. Critical care nurses can especially suffer from extreme burnout and personal detachment as a result of the emotional burden they experience from their jobs. This TED Talk, by Alina Sato, a pediatric intensive care nurse, discusses her struggles with this and provides lessons of grief for nurses going through similar life-changing experiences in their careers.