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Preventing Provider Burnout: A Refreshing Retreat Recap

Jun 3, 2024 3:41:00 PM / by Stephanie Yoder, MSN, RN

For the first time in five years, healthcare professionals gathered in downtown Winston-Salem at the beautiful, historic Brookstown Inn for Preventing Provider Burnout. Kicking off the two-day retreat, participants were guided through a rejuvenating wellness activity by the esteemed director of Arts and Wellness at the Sawtooth Center.

Participants were given the opportunity to unwind, bond with one another, and craft a memorable keepsake during the activity. Presenters offered learning activities designed to help healthcare professionals recognize signs of languishing and burnout, cultivate strategies for well-being, and build a toolbox with stress management techniques.

Attendees enjoyed delicious meals, engagement with presenters and colleagues, and gaining strategies to help prevent burnout while caring for their patients.


  • Identify the benefits of mixed media art as a means of stress reduction.
  • Recognize the hallmarks of languishing, burnout, and flourishing.
  • Experiment with evidence-based strategies to cultivate well-being.
  • Explore small steps you can integrate into personal and professional life to improve well-being.
  • Relate the usefulness of yoga practices as an adjunct for personal and professional wellness.
  • Examine spirituality as a self-care technique for health care providers.
  • Identify and commit to incorporating at least two self-awareness practices into daily routines as demonstrated through personalized action plans.
  • Practice and integrate at least three stress management techniques into daily life, immediately experiencing a heightened sense of relaxation and well-being.


  • Paige Bentley, Ph.D., LPCS, BCC, Director, Counseling & Wellness Services
  • LaShanda Y Brown, PhD, NP, Clinical Optimization Specialist-NP/PA
Our audience included nurses, mental health providers, educators, physicians, social workers, health educators and other professionals interested in burnout prevention.


We look forward to hosting the retreat again next year!


Here are some photos from the event:





Tags: mental health, stress, burnout

Stephanie Yoder, MSN, RN

Written by Stephanie Yoder, MSN, RN

Nurse Educator, NWAHEC

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