Support for Practice: How to Survive a Bad Day

Facilitator(s): Julie S Miller, BSN, RN, CCRN-K; Anna M Alder, MS, RN, CCRN, NPD-BC; Magally Rolen, BSN,RN,PCCN; Andrea Useem, BSN,RN,CCRN,MTS

Contact Hours 1.25
CERP C 1.25
Orlando Conference
Date Monday 5/20/2019
Time 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM ET

Venue OCCC

Room W206A
Available On Demand
From Friday 5/31/2019
To Friday 5/31/2019

Session Summary

Working in critical and progressive care can be profoundly rewarding, but like all professionals, nurses have bad days, those shifts where you feel alone, overwhelmed or that nothing is going right. Recognizing and coping with bad days ensures we can provide the support and care our patients and families need. In addition, effective coping with bad days allows us to work through our feelings, manage our emotions and continue to provide optimal care for our patients. The purpose of this session is to provide nurses in critical and progressive care settings with tools they can apply to recognize and survive on the bad days. A panel of nurses in direct patient care roles present and discuss their ideas in a conversation moderated by an AACN Clinical Practice Specialist.


  • Differentiate a bad day as an acute problem, distinct from compassion fatigue, burn out and moral distress.
  • Discuss creative strategies for coping with a bad day.
  • Apply one or more strategies that promotes effective coping when a bad day occurs.
Topics Healthy Work Environment
Level Advanced Beginner
Role Staff


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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


This activity has been reviewed by the Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. No conflicts of interest have been identified for any individual with the ability to influence the content of this activity. Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN or ANCC approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012. AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing (CBRN), California Provider number CEP 1036. This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.

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