NCC18 Presenter: Michael Murray


NCC18 Presenter: Michael Murray

Join Michael for a two-hour panel and participatory lab 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.

Michael is the South Regional Director for JourneyCare, Inc. He obtained his master’s degree from Northwestern in Health Communication, Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois Chicago with a marketing concentration and is a Registered Nurse. He is a certified Hospice and Palliative Care Administrator and has held clinical certifications in Oncology and Hospice and Palliative Care. His career started in marketing where he was the Marketing Director for a Chicago photographic lab producing advertising and coordinating sales efforts, he returned to school to train for his RN license. Nursing has taken Michael to many professional positions across several areas of nursing in New York, Indiana, and Illinois. He began his nursing career in the ICU working with burn survivors, pulmonary and cardiac patients. Upon leaving the hospital setting he transitioned his focus to oncology and the AIDS population becoming a home infusion RN. Michael has come up through the ranks from a field nurse to the Director of Nurses managing Illinois, Northwest Indiana, and Southern Wisconsin. Michael is a published author for the Oncology Nurses Society featured in an anthology of complementary and alternative medicine and has coordinated clinical trials. He has volunteered and provided care outside of the US on medical missions. Personally, he has experienced providing care to his parents and other family members navigating the complex health care system. He is an advocate for patient centered care and lectured in various settings to physicians, other clinicians and community groups on Medical Ethics and Having Crucial Conversations with Candor.

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

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