Just a quick note to tell you that NYT writer David Bornstein has been writing about burnout in healthcare, and the different ways health professionals have been seeking meaning in their work. His latest commentary “Who Will Heal the Doctors” was published Oct 2nd, 2013. Bornstein’s series is rather doctor-centric but as I read it, I couldn’t help but think how many of the issues he brings up is pertinent to all who work in the healthcare field. In this latest article, Bornstein mentions a course called The Healer’s Art that helps students and doctors reconnect to the deeper meanings of their work. I looked at The Healer’s Art website and they have courses geared to work with all healthcare professionals. You can look at their program for nurses here. Off the website, the course covers topics including “deep listening, presence, acceptance, loss, grief, healing, relationship, courage, lineage and self-care practices.” We have spent a lot of time on the importance of observation and the need for careful looking. I was glad to see the importance given to listening, in particular deep listening, a form of communication that our students should be trained in to promote greater empathy with their patients.