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Digital Seminar

Protecting Yourself & Your License While Enduring Trauma: Tips, Tools, and Resources for the Healthcare Worker

Irnise Williams, JD, RN
2 Hours 03 Minutes
Audio and Video
Aug 24, 2023
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When you are in direct patient care, experiencing burnout, trauma, or not feeling valued for who you are, you begin to disassociate and disconnect from your work. That is dangerous, unhealthy, and not why you entered the profession. Most nurses have not been allowed to identify the trauma they have experienced at work or consider how secondary trauma impacts them in and outside direct patient care. This presentation discusses your primary concerns regarding protecting your mental and physical health while protecting your license.


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The Law Office of Irnise F. Williams, LLC

Irnise Fennell Williams, JD, RN, is a healthcare and regulatory compliance lawyer with a nursing background, which gives her a deeper understanding of healthcare practices and patient care. This unique legal and nursing knowledge combination allows her to provide comprehensive legal services to healthcare providers, facilities, and organizations.

She is highly skilled in research and analysis. She can quickly and efficiently research complex healthcare issues and regulations and stay up to date with the latest developments and changes in healthcare law and policy.

She helps healthcare providers and organizations navigate the complex web of federal and state regulations and ensures that they are in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. This may involve conducting internal audits to identify potential non-compliance, developing and implementing compliance programs and policies, and providing legal counsel on patient care, privacy, and data security issues. As a graduate of Howard University and the Howard University School of Law, Irnise is an architect of social change for her clients and her community.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Irnise Williams maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Irnise Williams has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  1. Discuss the different types of trauma that healthcare professionals may experience during their work.
  2. Identify practical steps that healthcare professionals can take to protect themselves from harm in the workplace.
  3. Explain the importance of protecting one’s professional license and reputation.
  4. Determine when it may be necessary to leave a toxic work environment and the potential risks and benefits of doing so.
  5. Analyze long-term solutions for addressing systemic issues within the healthcare industry.


The Evolution of Healthcare
  • Changes in regulatory expectations and requirements
  • The impact of more work with less support
Types of Trauma
  • Types of trauma that nurses endure while in direct patient care
  • Physical
  • Mental
  • Psychological
Steps to Protect Yourself
  • Systems in place to help nurses protect themselves and their licenses
  • Documentation
  • Human resources
  • Internal complaint systems
  • External systems
Steps to Protect Your License
  • Steps to care for themselves, as you process trauma
  • Professionalism
  • PTO
  • EAP
  • Following Up
When to Leave a Toxic Environment
  • When you are in a toxic work culture that no longer benefits you
  • Preserve relationships while focusing on their mental health and needs
Long Term Solutions
  • Identify ways to create change
  • Legislative advocacy and politics
  • Community engagement
  • Propose solutions for mental health resources within your organization

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners 


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