2019 Hospital System Industry Group Forum: Running on Empty – The Impact Shift Work Has on RTW within Hospital Systems


Wednesday, Apr. 3

9:00 am PT | 12:00 pm ET

Absence rates are higher in the healthcare industry than any other industry year after year. Why is this? Employees often must work 12+ hour shifts, work overnight, and have physically demanding jobs. All of this can take a toll on an employee’s sleep quality, negatively impact their overall health and wellness, and ultimately lead to missed time from work.

This webinar will explore in detail what is driving the higher costs and overall absence rates in healthcare, including the harmful impact that shift work has on one’s health. But the news isn’t all bad. Through real-life case studies, we will discover how creative accommodations can help employees stay at work and return to work in this high-demand setting to maintain productivity and employee morale.

DMEC members receive free registration for webinars. Log in to your DMEC account prior to registering to receive member pricing.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of the unique challenges in healthcare settings specific to 24/7 operations and work schedules.
  • Discover the impact shift work has on an employee’s physical and mental health.
  • Explore creative solutions for mitigating the impact of shift work on healthcare workers.


Kim Walker
Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant

Kim is a senior vocational rehabilitation consultant and has worked at Unum for 17 years. She has a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, as well as, a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation. She is a nationally certified rehabilitation counselor, certified professional disability manager, and Lean Six Sigma project management green belt. She has experience in STD, LTD, LWOP, workers compensation, FMLA, ADA, personal injury, expert testimony, longshoreman, state vocational rehabilitation, vendor management, and medical management.

Stephanie Willett
Director, Workforce Solutions Group

Stephanie is a director in the workforce solutions group, within Unum’s national client group. She helps Unum’s largest customers understand and reduce the impact of lost time, and maximize their employee’s productivity. She does this through complex data analysis, policy/plan design review, customized program development, and building return-to-work programs. Stephanie has been with Unum since 2006. She began her career in the benefits center as a long-term disability benefits specialist, before transitioning into her current role in 2013. She earned a bachelor of science degree in international relations from Wheaton College in 2002, and a master’s degree in public health from the University of New England in 2012.


This session qualifies for the following CEUs: 1 CLMS, 1 CPDM, 1 PHR, and 1 SHRM. To qualify for CEU credit:

  • You must attend the full duration of the webinar. Following the webinar and once attendance has been confirmed, you will receive an email with CEU reporting information.
  • You must register for and watch the webinar individually. Group participation does not qualify CEU credit.

CLMS Logo_RGB_PNGExclusively offered by DMEC, the Certified Leave Management Specialist (CLMS) program is the only professional designation of its kind that provides interactive, hands-on training to ensure your programs effectively comply with state and federal leave laws. Learn more about the CLMS program.

Registration Fees

Registration Fees
DMEC members Free
Nonmembers $29.99

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