NCC18 Presenter: Geri Lynn Baumblatt

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NCC18 Presenter: Geri Lynn Baumblatt

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Join Geri for a two-hour panel and participatory lab she's organized during our Caregiving and the Workplace Summit, which happens during our Third Annual National Caregiving Conference:

Co-creating a Better Work/Life for Family Caregivers & Employers Panel & Lab, part of the Caregiving and the Workplace Summit on Friday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m.
This interactive 2 hour session would include 1 hour panel session (this may be 2 panels with nurses and one with managers and hospital execs, or one mine panel) followed by a 1 hour interactive lab for all attendees. Before the summit, we'll survey nurses and hospitals about the challenges nurses as family caregivers are presenting.

Nurses are the quintessential caregivers. Looking at them as a case study and the challenges this creates for the hospitals and health systems that employ them. What can we learn and extend out to other working caregivers and employers?

Nurses are often the first ones in their families look to and call on, because of their comfort and experience with caregiving and the health system. But nurses still find family caregiving and working extremely challenging. They may not be trained in the specific condition or issues their family member has. They also find it's shocking how hard it is to be on the other side of the bed and try to navigate the health system dauntingThe emotional interactions with the career and other family members are much more personal and salient, the family may heap all the responsibility on them, they often have to take extended FMLA, which strains hospitals and can take a toll on their co-workers or create strained working relationships. They can experience challenges with re-entry after caregiving ends and they may be back to work in the ICU or a setting that is reminiscent of recent loss or trauma in their family. As driven caregivers, they also may neglect their own health, nutrition, and well being.

We'll bring together nurses, nurse managers, and hospital and healthcare employers of nurses to look at all sides caregiving presents to all the stakeholders. Then we'll discuss how these challenges resonate for all working caregivers.

Participatory Lab
Everyone in the room will become part of a smaller working group. A facilitator will utilize the information from the pre-summit surveys and initial panels to discuss various challenges and opportunities to address challenges for working family caregivers and employers. Is there anything an employer or manager you work with is currently doing that is alleviating caregiver stress or thrash, improving empathy and awareness, access to resources, or creating redundancy in the workplace? How might we consider caregiving as an opportunity to improve work for everyone?
Attendees will understand the impact of family caregiving on all workplace stakeholders as an opportunity for individual, team and organizational improvement.

For the last 20 years, Geri has worked to help patients and families understand health conditions and procedures, make informed decisions about their care, and partner with their care teams. She oversaw the creation of the Emmi program library, and she regularly speaks, writes about, and serves on patient engagement, patient experience, health literacy, shared decision making, health design, family caregiving, and heath communication panels for organizations like AHRQ, the Brookings Institute, Stanford Medicine X, and the Center for Plain Language. She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Patient Experience, is on the board of the Society for Participatory Medicine, and published a chapter in Transformative Healthcare Practice through Patient Engagement (IGI Global). She organized a panel on family caregiving and hosptial-to-home care transitions at the Beryl Patient Experience Summit, participated in HIMSS and Lown conferences as a family caregiver advocate, she was a beta tester for the CareMaps app, and she created a special interest group for health communication researchers interested in family caregiving at the international conference on health communication, which is currently surveying researchers about their caregiving research and interests. She was acute caregiver for her husband and was a secondary caregiver for her dad for 4 years, both of which caused many challenges in her life and at work. She's currently a distance caregiver for her mom, who is also a caregiver for a many fellow seniors.

To learn more about Caregiving and the Workplace Summit, watch our video discussion, which aired as part for our Virtual Caregiving Summit in May.

https://youtu.be/YNqWux4q4E8

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