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Mental Health During COVID-19 Part 1: Rehab Patients and Caregivers (Recorded Webinar)

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Financial: Laurie J. Ferguson is Director at Global Healthy Living Foundation

Non-Financial: No relevant non financial relationship exists

Financial: Michelle Camicia is an employee at Kaiser Permanente.

Nonfinancial: No relevant non financial relationship exists.

Financial: Steven Powell is an employee with inpatient specialties including medical-surgical (American Nurses Credentialing Center- Board Certified), spinal-cord-injury (Rehabilitation Nursing Certification Board Certified), and CBRNE Decontamination (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Etc.)

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Video Runtime: 63 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 14 Minutes

This course is a recording of a previously hosted live webinar event. Polling and question submission features are not available for this recording. Format and structure may differ from standard MedBridge courses.

This prerecorded panel discussion, hosted in partnership with the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN), is designed to help viewers understand and address the mental health and psychosocial challenges of patients, families, and caregivers who are dealing with COVID-19-related illness. In part 1 of this two-part prerecorded webinar series, a panel discussion will be led by Laurie Ferguson, PhD, an expert in social services and patient mental health, along with Steven Powell, MSN, RN-BC, CRRN, and Michelle Camicia, PhD, RN, PHN, CRRN, NEA-BC, FAHA, FARN, FAAN. Both panel members have a unique perspective on COVID-19 due to geographic location and the size of their organizations, as well as personal experiences with both patients and caregivers in the rehab setting. This open discussion will share information on how to assess, manage, and address the mental and psychosocial well-being of patients, families, and caregivers.

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1. Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Mental Health of Patients, Families, and Caregivers

This chapter looks at the most common mental health symptoms associated with patients and their families dealing with COVID-19. Post-traumatic stress symptoms are the most commonly reported symptoms that patients and their families experience, expressed as depression, helplessness, irritation and anger, and anxiety.

2. Symptoms of Mental Health Problems in Patients, Families, and Caregivers Living With COVID-19

PTSSs (post-traumatic stress symptoms) include difficulty sleeping, anxiety, irritation and anger, emotional numbness, mood swings, and psychosomatic responses such as headaches, panic attacks, and heart palpitations. Depression and anxiety are often expressed as anger or irritability. Many patients and their caregivers and families may not recognize these as signifiers of mental health concerns.

3. Practices to Address Mental Health Symptoms in Patients, Caregivers, and Families

There are a variety of simple ways to help patients, families, and caregivers deal with mental health concerns, such as naming some of the symptoms being experienced, actively problem-solving practical issues, and listening to the story of what happened. Other practices, such as breathing techniques and communicating as clearly as possible about expectations and what is known, can also minimize symptoms of anxiety and depression.

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Mental Health During COVID-19 Part 2: Supporting the Well-Being of Staff (Recorded Webinar)

Presented by Laurie J. Ferguson, PhD, Tonisha J. Melvin, DNP, APRN, CRRN, ANP-C , and Steven Powell, MSN, RN-BC, CRRN

Mental Health During COVID-19 Part 2: Supporting the Well-Being of Staff (Recorded Webinar)

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Video Runtime: 64 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 7 Minutes

This course is a recording of a previously hosted live webinar event. Polling and question submission features are not available for this recording. Format and structure may differ from standard MedBridge courses.

This prerecorded panel discussion, hosted in partnership with the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN), is designed to help viewers understand how different rehab organizations and states have been supporting the mental health and well-being of their staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the second installment of this two-part prerecorded webinar series, a panel discussion will be led by Laurie Ferguson, PhD, an expert in social services and patient mental health, along with Steven Powell, MSN, RN-BC, CRRN, ANP-C, and Tonisha Melvin, DNP, APRN, CRRN, ANP-C. Both panel members have a unique perspective on COVID-19 due to geographic location and the size of their organizations, as well as personal experiences with both patients and caregivers in the rehab setting. This open discussion will share information on how to help assess, manage, and address the mental and psychosocial well-being of those working on the frontlines. The panel will also discuss common sources of mental health stress and the positive effects of personal support and organizational interventions, and identify the employee populations most affected by COVID-19-related mental health distress.

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