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Episode 8: Why We Need To Be Anti-Burnout

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“A lot of these junior physicians, nurses, and healthcare leaders come in bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and a couple years later you see a change in their demeanor.  Something isn’t wrong with them. It’s not a character flaw. This is burnout,” shares Laura Bennett, certified anti burnout coach.  In this week’s episode of The Catalyst, Laura discusses ways to recognize and prevent the feeling of burnout.

Laura first experienced burnout while working in the US Navy after realizing she was unable to relax on days off. Knowing that something wasn’t right, Lara began to research burnout and quickly realized that it was a recurring issue in the healthcare field. According to Laura, burnout is a problem caused by institutional deficiencies, not by the individual, and the best way to prevent it is to be careful about how we handle our personal emotions and relationships with others.

Tune into this week’s episode of The Catalyst for a conversation with host Dr. Lara Salyer and special guest Laura Bennett to learn the importance of being compassionate with yourself, separating your personal and work life, and how to recognize and prevent burnout so you can keep doing what you love.

About Laura Bennett, MSLOD, MSN, ACC [APRN, CNM, USN Ret]

Laura Bennett, MSLOD, MSN, APRN, CNM, ACC is a Certified Executive, Leadership, and Antiburnout coach, trainer, keynote speaker, and organizational development advisor working with professionals in ultra-demanding, high-performance, and high-burnout roles. She has multi-industry experience and specializes in helping healthcare, military, and emergency response leaders, clinicians, and law professionals lead and live better. Laura has 24 years of service to the Navy in a variety of clinical, operational, leadership, and training roles in the US, Japan, and Cuba. 

Laura is passionate about leadership development, fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, and promoting thriving and altruism in organizations. She creates science-backed programs for leadership, burnout, resiliency, and generative organizational change grounded in neuro-, performance, health, and behavioral sciences. Laura’s signature solutions include the hybrid coaching/training program, Mindfulness Integrated™, ANTIBURNOUT.ORG™, and Antiburnout Leadership™. ANTIBURNOUT.ORG™ as an open resource for antiburnout content and supportive resources. Antiburnout Leadership™ a cohort-based, multi-modal developmental program that guides leaders through personal, professional, and organizational skills attainment necessary to create sustainable work/leadership practices, positive organizational cultures, and viable business operations.

Laura is an alumna of Penn State University (BS, Nursing), University of Florida (MSN, Nurse-Midwifery), and University of Texas at Dallas (MS, Leadership & Organizational Development; Graduate Certificate, Executive & Professional Coaching). She maintains her APRN license and her national board certification (CNM). Laura serves on the Boards of the North Florida Chapter of the International Coaching Federation (President), WeaveTales (Director), and the First Responder Project (Advisor). She is also is an active member of Leadership Jacksonville and the American College of Nurse Midwives.

In This Episode We're Talking About:

  • How we need to honor the complexity of the factors and consequences of burnout and be thoughtful in alleviation.
  • It’s a new imperative that leaders have a practical understanding of the neuro- and behavioral sciences of intrapersonal and interpersonal responses to context and people.
  • Healthcare leaders have a moral obligation to be trauma-sensitive, culturally-sensitive, and to use their power properly address burnout and mental + emotional well-being in their organizations through appropriate data collection, resourcing, empowerment, and long-term change management.


  • “A lot of these junior physicians, nurses, and healthcare leaders -people who I really respect and admire- come in bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and a couple years later you see a change in their demeanor. There’s nothing wrong with them. It’s not a character flaw. This is burnout.” (11:20-11:39)


  • “If you meet yours or anyone else’s emotion with anger, self pity, or blame, it really takes away your power to move through it. I think we have to do a good self examination whenever we are holding onto emotions for extended periods of time and ask ourselves what is really happening? Am I meeting this with compassion or am I in a place where I feel victimized by what’s going on and holding onto  for some other reason?” (18:46-19:31)


  • “I think we need to be intentional about our interactions with each other.” (29:00-29:10)


  • “We have to be careful to not let our profession become our identity.” (32:52-32:56)

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Connect with Laura Bennett:


Anti-Burnout Website:

Instagram: @laurabennettassociates

Connect with Dr. Lara Salyer:

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About The Catalyst Host, Dr. Lara Salyer:

I worked as a family physician for 15 years until burnout changed the trajectory of my career. I realized I wanted to start a holistic functional medicine practice in my rural hometown and made it happen. In addition to practicing functional medicine, I now mentor practitioners who are looking to change their paths in healthcare by using what I refer to as the “Catalyst Roadmap”. I share each step of this framework with listeners so that they may apply it to their careers, relationships, personal goals, and projects. 

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