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and even burnout. This has several possible effects. It may decrease your tolerance or sensitivity. You may become disconnected from grief altogether, or you may become jaded or cynical. Your professional grief may be transformed into emotions like anger, anxiety, blame, or guilt. You may find you are unable to adequately meet the demands of your job. If not addressed, teamwork may falter. There are some protective factors for working in high-loss environments. Foremost is recognizing the importance and value of the work you do. Next is feeling capable and competent and having some sense of personal control. Peer support is crucial. Being able to share the burden with colleagues can be an antidote to unexpressed professional grief. So, too, can establishing healthy grieving practices for your workplace. Other strategies include understanding your personal limitations, knowing your own strengths and weaknesses, and being attentive to yourself. It is also important to maintain a balance between the personal, professional, and spiritual aspects of your life. "In high-loss work situations, bereavement overload can lead to a legacy of vulnerability, a lack of personal-professional balance, and even burnout." Practicing rigorous self-care can go a long way in ameliorating professional grief. One other useful tactic is journaling, especially keeping a journal of "psychosocial successes." Psychosocial successes are identifiable and significant things you do to contribute to the emotional and physical wellbeing of the patient and family. They often entail some kindness or personal effort on your part that doesn't get discussed or recorded in the medical record. What is most important is recognizing that professional loss and grief do have personal impact. Furthermore, it is essential to find an outlet for cumulative grief so that it doesn't diminish your commitment or effectiveness. C. Murray Parkes, a pioneer in understanding loss and grief, noted: "With proper training and support, we shall find that repeated griefs, far from undermining our humanity and our care, enable us to cope more confidently and more sensitively with each succeeding loss." ■ Elizabeth J. Clark, PhD, MSW, MPH, is the president of the Start Smart Career Center, which helps women navigate their nonprofit careers. Previously she was the CEO of the National Association of Social Workers, a position she held for 12 years. Dr. Clark has also served as director of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Services at Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York, and has held associate professorships in Medical Oncology at Albany Medical College and in Health Professions at Montclair State University. She currently serves as the social work advisor for CMSA. Make it Count at Genex Recognized for our career-building culture, Genex is the place where professionals are validated for their accomplishments and the lives they improve on a daily basis. We invite you to explore opportunities that utilize your talents at a company that thrives on teamwork and diversity. We are looking for: Utilization Review Nurses (RNs) Field & Telephonic Case Managers (RNs) Vocational Counselors/Case Managers Sales Professionals To view a listing of opportunities in your area please visit our website at genexservices.com/careers Genex Services, LLC offers equal opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual preference, marital status, national origin, political belief or the presence of a non-job-related medical condition disability. We proudly support diversity in our workforce. M/F/D/V 24 772069_GENEX.indd 1 CMSA TODAY Issue 5 * 2016 * DIGITAL 10/8/15 12:25 AM http://www.genexservices.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CMSA Today - Issue 5, 2016

President's Letter: Leading Through Change
Immediate Past President's Letter: Risks, Challenges and Progress
Association News
CMSA Corporate Partners
Normalizing End-of-Life Care with Rich Conversations
Personal Feelings/Professional Face: The Hidden Grief of the Helping Professional
INDEX OF ADVERTISERS
CMSA Today - Issue 5, 2016 - cover1
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CMSA Today - Issue 5, 2016 - President's Letter: Leading Through Change
CMSA Today - Issue 5, 2016 - 7
CMSA Today - Issue 5, 2016 - 8
CMSA Today - Issue 5, 2016 - Immediate Past President's Letter: Risks, Challenges and Progress
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CMSA Today - Issue 5, 2016 - 11
CMSA Today - Issue 5, 2016 - Association News
CMSA Today - Issue 5, 2016 - 13
CMSA Today - Issue 5, 2016 - CMSA Corporate Partners
CMSA Today - Issue 5, 2016 - 15
CMSA Today - Issue 5, 2016 - Normalizing End-of-Life Care with Rich Conversations
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CMSA Today - Issue 5, 2016 - 21
CMSA Today - Issue 5, 2016 - Personal Feelings/Professional Face: The Hidden Grief of the Helping Professional
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CMSA Today - Issue 5, 2016 - 24
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CMSA Today - Issue 5, 2016 - INDEX OF ADVERTISERS
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