Stress in the Professional Caregiver


The cost for this online course is $15. The estimated time to complete this course is 45 minutes. Learners will be asked to complete an activity post-assessment with a passing score of 75%.

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As medical professionals who work with older adults, we know the stress of caregiving. We look for it in the spouses and children of our patients and encourage self-care and planning for adequate support. But, sometimes, we forget we are also vulnerable as professionals. Burnout is not just a buzzword. It is real, and there is evidence that it is increasing. Caregivers of older adults are at risk. This presentation is designed to help us understand and recognize signs of burnout and begin implementing strategies to avoid it.

Target Audience

Healthcare professionals.


  • Differentiate between stress and burnout.
  • Discuss the significant risk of burnout to caregivers of older adults. 
  • Identify strategies to increase meaning and connection in our work with our patients.
  • Develop an individualized plan to promote long-term personal wellness.


Kathleen Laurin, PhD
Broadlawns Medical Center


  • Medical School: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Internship: Vanderbilt University/VA Medical Center Consortium, Nashville and Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • Fellowship: Houston VA Medical Center, Houston, Texas
  • Board Certifications: Clinical Psychologist
  • Clinical Interests/Additional Certifications: Behavioral Medicine, Geropsychology, Psychological and Neuropsychological Assessment

Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Recording date: November 12, 2021
Date of original release: January 6, 2022
Most recent review/update: January 6, 2022
Termination date: January 5, 2025

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 0.75 AOA Category 2­B
  • 0.75 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 0.75 CPME
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

Accreditation Statements

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this enduring materials activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 0.75 AOA Category 2-B credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • DPM: Des Moines University (DMU) is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. DMU has approved this activity for a maximum of 0.75 continuing education contact hours.
  • Other Healthcare Professionals: This enduring materials activity is designated for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Educational Grants

No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


The planning committee member(s) and speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

  • Kathleen Laurin, PhD, Speaker


The information provided in this activity is for continuing education. It is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 0.75 AOA Category 2­B
  • 0.75 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 0.75 CPME


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