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Addressing Healthcare Provider Burnout: A Conversation On Workplace Mental Health & Well-being

Healthcare workers – across settings, professional backgrounds, and practice types – face workplace challenges that may increase their risk for stress, burnout and related mental health issues. This challenge is particularly acute for nephrology nurses, whose long hours, workloads, and demanding workplaces can affect their overall well-being. For many nephrology nurses, the “normal” workplace challenges have been exacerbated by COVID-19.

Join us for a conversation with Dr Gaurava Agarwal, Associate Professor in the Departments of Medical Education and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and Lillian Pryor, President of the American Nephrology Nurses Association for a timely discussion on workplace mental health and well-being for healthcare workers.

During this webinar, Dr Agarwal and Ms Pryor will share insights on healthcare provider burnout, both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the resources available for nurses and their employers to support mental health and well-being.

*Dr Agarwal is a paid consultant of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. (OPDC). Lillian Pryor is an unpaid consultant of OPDC. Drs Sean George and Rachel Self are employees of OPDC.

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Lillian Pryor

Lillian Pryor, MSN, RN, CNN

    American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA)*

Lillian Pryor is the current National President of American Nephrology Nurses Association, a professional nursing association comprising more than 8,300 nephrology nurses. ANNA improves members’ lives through education, advocacy, networking, and science. She has been a practicing nephrology nurse for over 30 years. Ms Pryor received her bachelor’s in nursing from Seton Hall University and her master’s in nursing from Kean University. Ms Pryor has served ANNA since 1990 in roles that include ANNA director, ANNA Awards & Scholarships Committee chairperson, ANNA representative to the Kidney Health Initiative Patient Preference Task Force, and Nephrology Nursing Journal author and peer reviewer. She is also an active member of the ANNA Dogwood Chapter in Georgia and has served the chapter as both its president and health policy representative. As ANNA President, Ms Pryor wants to work diligently to ensure nurses’ and patients’ voices are heard. She believes that nurses have the crucial responsibility of advocating for patients and improving care.

Gaurava Agarwal

Gaurava Agarwal, MD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences & Medical Education
    Northwestern Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine*

Dr Gaurava Agarwal is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences, Associate Professor of the Department of Medical Education, the Director of Physician Well-Being for Northwestern Medicine’s Medical Groups, and Director of Undergraduate Medical Student Education in Psychiatry at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL. Dr Agarwal is a nationally recognized educator who has won the prestigious Association for Academic Psychiatry Junior Faculty Award. He serves as a wellness consultant to multiple national research groups and is a certified leadership, organizational, and well-being coach. Dr Agarwal specializes in occupational and organizational psychiatry with an emphasis on workplace mental health. He is on the Advisory Council of the Center for Workplace Mental Health. He created the Scholars of Wellness (SOW), a 2019 Illinois Psychiatric Society Innovation in Physician Wellness Award winning program designed to help address the organizational drivers of physician burnout.

Sean George

Sean George, PA-C, MHS

Nephrology Medical Science Director

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.*

Sean George PA-C, MHS is a Physician Assistant who currently works as a Nephrology Medical Science Director for Otsuka Pharmaceutical Commercialization and Development. He has been with Otsuka in his current role for 2 years supporting the Nephrology division.  Prior to joining industry, he practiced in a private practice Nephrology clinic for 4 years managing patients with chronic kidney disease including their associated co-morbidities, anemia secondary to CKD, acute kidney injury, and end stage renal disease.  In addition to his clinical work, he served on the Executive Committee for Advanced Practitioners with the National Kidney Foundation for 3 consecutive years as member-at-large, secretary, and research chair.  Sean earned his Physician Assistant/Masters Health Science from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.  He is currently licensed in the state of Oklahoma and certified with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Rachel Self

Rachel Self, PhD, MS

Neuroscience Senior Medical Science Liaison
    Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.*

Rachel Self is a Behavioral Neuroscientist who currently works as a Senior Medical Science Liaison for Otsuka Field Medical Affairs. She has been with Otsuka for 8+ years supporting their Neuroscience division. Prior to joining industry, she conducted pre-clinical research in HIV-associated dementia, alcohol-induced neurotoxicity, Alzheimer’s dementia, and microtubule dysfunction. In addition, Rachel served as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Neurology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. She also conducted clinical trials research in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program within the Department of Psychiatry at Emory University. Rachel earned her Masters and Doctorate degrees from the University of Kentucky’s Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology Program.



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