July 2018 • Jo-Anne Jones, RDH • RDH Magazine • RDHMAG.COM
6 questions with Jo-Anne Jones
Speaker discusses her seminar on burnout prevention at RDH Under One Roof.
Jo-Anne Jones, RDH, will lead a burnout prevention seminar on Wednesday, August 1, at the RDH Under One Roof conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.
The seminar is titled, “The Perfect Ten: Strategies to Sustain Our Practice, Our Patients, and Our Lives. The mega-session is scheduled for August 1st during the three-day dental hygiene conference. The educational agenda for RDH Under One Roof is primarily based on general sessions and workshops. But the keynote session and mega-session bring all attendees together in a larger room.
What has drawn us into the profession can also become our breaking point.
In her course description, Jones wrote, “Some days I amaze myself. Other days I look for my phone while holding it! Sound familiar? We are easily influenced by those around us. We need to recognize our individuality and what works for us. The Perfect 10 will explore the
signs of burnout and recognize the pathway to prevention. Strategies to accomplish this will be based upon the 10 best lifestyle choices that today’s professional woman can make.”
Jones is president of RDH Connection Inc., which specializes in continuing education programs for dental hygienists. We asked her six questions below about her upcoming seminar at RDH Under One Roof. More information about the conference can be found at RDHUnderOneRoof.com.
RDH: During your seminar at RDH Under One Roof, you have indicated that you want to focus on lifestyle steps to prevent burnout. Before we get into that, can we briefly discuss what causes burnout.
Jones: Burnout is a lifestyle related condition brought on by a number of factors. It is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion leaving you feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope with the continual demands of a busy day. It can creep up slowly on us—literally going unnoticed until we have a major breakdown.
The medical profession is increasingly using the term burnout to refer to the collection of symptoms a patient experiences when under prolonged stress. The medical profession also realizes that prolonged stress is the precursor to illnesses such as adrenal fatigue, adrenal insufficiency, and a number of other prevalent and deadly diseases. Women, as caregivers, will often ignore their symptoms because they are fearful and wish to place the needs of their families first.
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