EP 71 Nursing Burnout with Cara Lunsford

EP 71 Nursing Burnout with Cara Lunsford

Nursing Burnout with Cara Lunsford

Nursing burnout with many nurses is a growing concern in the nursing community. It can lead to severe problems if not resolved and may cause a nursing shortage in the future.

In this episode, we’d like to welcome Cara Lunsford, a registered nurse for 14 years. She saw that nurse burnout was at an all-time high and turned her focus to creating a community of support for nurses with her platform HOLLIBLU. Her recent nationally recognized nurse survey showed that 75% of nurses said that “peer support” was the number one thing needed to help provide sustainability for the profession and help reduce burnout.

Questions below are some we’d like to tackle. We always go off-topic, so we don’t expect to hit them all. If you have any ideas, please let us know. Looking forward to our conversation!

Tell us about your experience as a nurse

  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Infusion nurse (in-home)
  • Director of Nursing (Premier Infusion Care)
  • CEO and founder OCT 2017 (HOLLIBLU)

Questions for our Guest

  1. Being a nurse for 14 years, what are the hallmark signs of leaving your position?
  2. Based on the survey you have conducted showing that 75% of nurses said that peer support would help reduce burnout. If peer support is “good health care for all people,” how do we get there? 
  3. When did your interest spark in starting to work with HOLLIBLU?
  4. From your experience, what is the leading cause of nurse burnout?
  5. Tell us about your current obsession: Cultivating a vibrant community where nurses thrive?

Want to know more about nursing burnout? Watch the full episode here 👇👇👇


00:00 Intro
01:10 Cara’s background
05:00 Hallmark signs of burnout
10:12 Finding a happy medium
12:55 National survey
15:47 Peer support
20:50 Nursing retention
25:57 Nursing breaks
27:33 Nurse-patient ratio
32:27 Social points
34:54 Growing the community
36:36 How the app works
41:24 Technocracy vs. Technology
43:11 Future of Holli Blu
49:49 Outro