Managing Emotions During Change

June 2020
National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center)

Podcast release date: July 21, 2020

In this fifth episode of Managing from the Middle: Leading Through Change 6-part podcast series, we address the challenges leaders face with managing their own emotions during change. Guests share best practices for strengthening emotional intelligence, building resilience and role-modeling while leading a group through a change. Joining the conversation are Micala Dempcy with Lexington Regional Health Center in Nebraska, and Rhonda Barcus and Shannon Studden with the National Rural Health Resource Center.

"Managing my own emotions helps me stay professional and relevant with my staff; I don’t hide them by any means, but I acknowledge them and I’m honest with them."

~Micala Dempcy

Podcast Guests:

Micala Dempcy, BSN, RN, CLC, is the Director of Obstetrics at Lexington Regional Health Center

Micala Dempcy, BSN, RN, CLC, is the Director of Obstetrics at Lexington Regional Health Center in Lexington, Nebraska.  Micala has a love for OB and wanted to be a part of helping nurses help their patients and their families. She enjoys being at the bedside caring for mothers and babies, so when the OB director position in her hometown became open, it was a perfect fit. It allowed her to continue to work the floor while also being a huge part of the everyday operations and improvements in the OB unit. Prior to her move home to Lexington, Micala worked in OB for over 6 years in Columbus, NE. Coming to a Critical Access Hospital OB department was a huge change, but Micala felt like her experience and enthusiasm gave her a lot to offer.

Shannon Studden, Senior Program Specialist, National Rural Health Resource Center

Shannon Studden provides education, coaching, and technical assistance to leaders of rural hospitals and rural health networks. Throughout her career, she has supported leaders’ development in areas such as communication, conflict resolution, change management, and collaboration. She holds a Masters's degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB1RH24206, Information Services to Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Grantees, $1,009,121 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.