School of Nursing

Student Conference Addressing Burnout is a Huge Success

Burnout is a constant threat for nurses. Their job can be both emotionally and physically taxing, with the added stress of requiring shifts at all times of day and night. Even student nurses can feel the strain of difficult course work and clinical rotations. Nursing student Annika Daphne Bilog wanted to help her fellow students, as well as nursing alumni, cope with the possibility of burnout, before it was too late. She had the vision of a conference to address burnout issues in 2016 and, through hard work and supportive fellow students, faculty and others, was able to make this a reality in April.

Flyer for Rekindling from BurnoutThanks to the sponsorship of the Student Nurses Association and the Gamma Gamma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the Rekindling from Burnout: Addressing Moral Distress and Coping Mechanisms conference was held on campus on April 13. Attendees and faculty all declared it a success.

Dr. Judy Davidson, a nurse scientist at UCSD and Linda Lobbestael, a nurse and artist, provided the opening address of “Keeping Burnout at Bay”. Breakout sessions included: “Exploring Moral Distress” lead by Paula Goodman-Crews, Medical Bioethics Director at Kaiser Permanente); “Thriving at Work” with Dr. Patricia Geist-Martin, SDSU School of Communication professor; “Moral Distress Awareness and Approaches” with Angela Karakachian, Duquesne University nursing lecturer; and “Resiliency in Healthcare and Interventions” led by Lisa Concilio, SDSU School of Nursing lecturer followed the opening session. After lunch, a panel discussion included all of the presenters, and a presentation by organizer Annika Daphne Bilog closed the day.

The event was organized by the SDSU Student Nurses Association, with Bilog chairing the event. Other students in leadership roles were Dee Dee Micare (coordinator), Mikhail Adan (marketing), Mary Cruz Meraz-Leyva (communication), Leah Rojas (fundraising) and Vyanna Ma (outreach). In addition to the Gamma Gamma chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, other sponsors were the San Diego Association of Nurse California Leaders, SDSU Associated Students and the SDSU School of Nursing.

Bilog wants to thank her committee for all of their hard work to put on the event, as well as Dr. Judy Davidson and Marlene Ruiz for serving as advisors. Ruiz is an alumna from the School of Nursing and a recent retiree from Kaiser Permanente who frequently volunteers her time to assist with student activities.

Bilog notes, “As an undergraduate student, I did not think that my vision of creating a conference would ever come true. But through a lot of support and encouragement, it did!” She continued to say, “I would like to thank SDSU Student Nurses Association for allowing me to create a platform to speak about relevant issues in our healthcare system today. Finally, I would like to thank Dr. Philip Greiner for leading me to the right resources to make this conference come to life.”

Nursing Alums Honored for their work in their communities

Carol Bojorquez recently earned her master’s degree in Nursing Leadership from SDSU, after earning her BSN from the University of Phoenix and starting her studies at SDSU Imperial Valley College. She was recently honored as an inspirational leader and awarded one of the 2019 Iron Awards from the Sure Helpline Crisis Center in Imperial Valley. Bojorquez has pursued her nursing career at Pioneers Memorial healthcare district, serving as an emergency department charge nurse and department educator before becoming the Quality Director, where she leads a team dedicated to providing safe, high quality health care to families in the Imperial Valley. She also provides victim advocate training for Sure Helpline and the Naval Air Facility nearby.

Mark Anthony Carlos was honored as a First Generation Student Spotlight Student at the University of California, San Francisco’s graduate nursing program this summer. He is a recent graduate of the SDSU nursing program in Imperial Valley and specifically wanted to thank Dr. Helina Hoyt for her mentorship and support in his educational journey. He says, “It means a lot to represent my family and the Hispanic community as First Gen. My grandparents and parents worked in the fields as farmworkers and my uncles and aunts have worked in construction, housekeeping, and other laborious jobs. I hope to help give back to my roots and provide the healthcare that my family lacked growing up. My passions are in helping the underserved and vulnerable populations. I am sincerely grateful to the mentors in my undergrad that have helped be where I am today. Eventually, I hope to teach and one day do the same for others who grew up like me.”

Continued Work Helping Caregivers for the Elderly

Dr. Greiner recently received a second round of funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Project. The project eceived $3.75 million over five years to expand the model developed in San Diego County to Imperial County, with new primary care partners. These new partners include Family Health Centers of San Diego, Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo in Imperial County, San Ysidro Health as well as San Diego PACE, St. Paul’s PACE, and the new PACE Program at Family Health Centers of San Diego.

The project offers workforce training across the spectrum from health care professionals and social workers, to family caregivers, and includes student stipends and cross-disciplinary collaboration to build an integrated geriatric system of care.