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Creating a Culture of Well-Being: How Talent Development Can Help Healthcare Heal Itself

Friday, February 3, 2023 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Dan McEssy, Program Manager, Christus Health; Mary Holtschneider, Co-Director, Interprofessional Fellowship in Clinical Simulation, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; and Jacque Burandt, President, Burandt LLC Jacque Burandt Award Winning Results

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The demands for talent development (TD) in healthcare are ever-increasing, and more healthcare organizations are realizing that their success as a business depends on their TD professionals’ success. As the function grows in importance, it will be asked to do more with limited resources and support. TD professionals are not immune to these constraints and issues that affect workplace health and cause toxicity. The link between work and health has become more pronounced because of the COVID-19 pandemic, as noted in US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy’s October 2022 report, Framework for Workplace Mental Health and Well Being. Healthcare, the frontline to this crisis, continues to be strongly affected by staffing shortages, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma, resulting in huge cultural shifts in the workplace.

But what does a healthy workplace look like? The Surgeon General’s report cites five components of healthy workplaces: protection from harm, connection and community, work-life harmony, mattering at work, and opportunity for growth.

What role can TD professionals play in supporting and promoting, or even creating, a healthy workforce? Join us on Friday, February 3, 1–3 p.m. ET for an open discussion about TD’s challenges and contributions to employee well-being and holistic learning. Daniel McEssey, MA, MS, and Mary Holtschneider, MEd, MPA, BSN, RN, NPDA-BC, CPTD®, will share their diverse experiences as a performance psychologist and a highly credentialed clinician on resiliency, self-care, autonomy, and flexibility in the healthcare workplace. 


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Dan McEssy

Program Manager, Christus Health

Dan is passionate about creating opportunities for individuals to grow and succeed, and has had the honor to work with a variety of populations seeking to achieve greatness in their field. Currently, he is the Program Manager for the Military Pipeline Programs with CHRISTUS Health that helps build bridges between the military community and CHRISTUS Health for career and education opportunities. Before assuming this role, Dan was a Talent Development and Culture Consultant for CHRISTUS Health focusing on leadership development, change management initiatives, and hospital leadership interventions. Dan continues to support many of the leadership initiatives and interventions at CHRISTUS facilities across South Texas, and loves making an impact in the lives of our frontline healthcare providers through his MA in Performance Psychology and MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology background, which informs much of his work.

Mary Holtschneider

Co-Director, Interprofessional Fellowship in Clinical Simulation, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Mary has a wide variety of experience in healthcare education. She currently serves as Co-Director of the Durham, North Carolina (NC) Veterans Affairs Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Clinical Simulation, a yearlong educational program designed to prepare individuals to become simulation leaders. She is the recipient of the 2014 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Under Secretary for Health’s Excellence in Clinical Simulation, Training, Education and Research Practice Award. Mary is also Nursing Program Manager for Duke Area Health Education Center (AHEC), part of the NC statewide AHEC system. In addition to being a CPTD, she is also certified at the advanced level in Nursing Professional Development.
Over the past twenty years, she has also served as the Heart Center Clinical Nurse Educator for Duke University Health System, the Director of the Duke University School of Nursing Simulation Center, and the Director of Practice and Education for her state nurses association. Mary serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development (JNPD) and co-edits the bimonthly column on Interprofessional Learning Environments (previously titled Simulation), where she explores various topics related to interprofessional education and collaboration. She co-authored the Future of Learning Technologies Chapter in the ATD Healthcare Handbook published in 2021.
In 2019, Mary was the recipient of the Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD) Leader Award, and was also recognized as one of the Great 100 Nurses of North Carolina. She is an active volunteer for ATD as a CPTD item writer, awards reviewer, and past ATD-Research Triangle Area (RTA) chapter president.
She speaks regularly on professional development, nursing, leadership, mindfulness, interprofessional education, simulation modalities, simulation faculty development, simulation debriefing techniques, and other related topics. In addition to educating health care professionals, she is passionate about health and wellness and teaches Pilates and other movement-based exercise classes.

Jacque Burandt
Jacque Burandt

President, Burandt LLC Jacque Burandt Award Winning Results

A proven expert in creating an award-winning culture, Jacque led the team at University Health (UH), San Antonio, Texas, to win eight ATD BEST Awards and ATD’s first Innovation in Talent Development Award.

She authored Create an Exceptional Learning Culture for ATD and co-edited ATD' s Talent Development and Training in Healthcare Handbook.
A strong advocate for workforce development throughout her career, Jacque served as chairperson of ATD’s Public Policy Committee, wrote four case studies for ATD’s Skills Gap Series, and co-chaired the Strategic Planning Committee for Workforce Solutions Alamo.

She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Radio-TV-Film and a Master's Degree in Adult and Continuing Education, both from UT Austin.

Her award-winning clients include Union Pacific, SWBC, WEX, WM, Alamo Colleges, Texas Health Resources, University Health, Community First Health Plans, and Greene and Associates