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Mental Health During COVID-19 Part 2: Supporting the Well-Being of Staff (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: Tonisha J. Melvin is an employee at Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, DC.

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: 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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1. Prevalence of Psychosocial Issues for Health Care Workers

In this segment we will outline the research findings about the levels of mental health distress among health care workers. The purpose is to help participants understand the severity and impact of COVID-19 care on the mental health of health care workers. Findings include that females are disproportionately affected and that nurses are more affected than physicians because of their more intense exposure.

2. The Mental Health Stresses on Health Care Workers

We will explain the different mental health reactions that health care workers have to the unprecedented demands that COVID-19 care has placed on them. Reactions include fatigue, depression, insomnia, emotional distress, and reduced resilience.

3. Identifying Mental Health Interventions for Health Care Workers

Interventions that have shown positive effects on lowering stress include both personal support and organizational efforts to be proactive. Personal support includes attention to each staff member’s performance and noting when someone is having difficulty. Group activities, clear information and expectations, attention to practical realities (such as enough protective equipment), and training and organizational support all play an important role in mitigating the effects of health workers’ stress.

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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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