Nursing has never been for the faint of heart, but the pandemic took our experiences to a whole new level.
This past year, we have been hailed as heroes and along the way have endured much grief, loss and challenge. Fortunately, our work worlds are feeling normalcy returning. But that does not mean that the traumatic events we experienced have eased from our memories. In fact, maybe the difficult moments just keep replaying. For yourself. For your co-workers. You know something must change but don’t know how to get started healing.
The unresolved emotions can feel exhaustive. The burnout and compassion fatigue have felt heavy, leaving many nurses at a point where they feel both emotionally and physically drained. Many of us are searching for answers that go well beyond self-care. If we fail to recognize these feelings, they can lead to depression, anxiety, fatigue, somatic symptoms, and even nurse suicide.
It’s my goal to make sure that this Preventing Nurse Suicide information gets out to as many nurses as possible. I want to be able to start these difficult conversations and contribute to the solutions.
We really need to feel empathy and compassion towards one another, as we all deal with such extreme stressors. If we learn new ways to accept and nurture each other, we can develop a built-in support system on our units and floors. NOW is the time to come together as a family of nurses. I don’t want you to feel alone in this struggle.
As a community across the country, let’s support one another through our shared patient experiences.
Stephanie L. Bunch, RN, MSN, ANP-C, PMHNP-C,
and the PESI HealthCare Team
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Stephanie L. Shafer, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, PMHNP-BC, works in a large private practice in Lansing, MI, providing clinical services to children, adolescents, and adults with psychiatric disorders, including ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive-compulsive tendencies, Schizophrenia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD, and Personality Disorders. She has achieved considerable success treating these conditions. This success has largely resulted from the development of a structured model of care that includes a significant focus on clinical and background histories, identifying psychosocial stressors, and evaluating prior medical and psychiatric diagnoses (and treatment regimens associated with these conditions). This approach and model of medical management is essential to the effective delivery of psychiatric medications to this population.
From a clinical perspective, Stephanie has worked in a myriad of settings, including emergency medicine, primary care, and psychiatry, within a large urban hospital, community-based practice, clinics, and in a private-practice setting. Her transition from primary care to psychiatry evolved as a means of providing effective treatment for a growing population of underserved patients with psychiatric disorders.
Stephanie’s commitment to her specialty is evident. She completed a post-graduate degree specializing in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, earned her Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate, and is a requested presenter, sharing her expertise with multidisciplinary healthcare audiences throughout the country.
For live CE credit, you must watch the live webcast in its entirety at its scheduled time and complete the CE quiz and evaluation within one week. You will have access for 90 days after the program for review.
Preventing Nurse Suicide: What We Are Learning
Mental Health Concerns Among Nurses: Common Risk Factors
Nursing as a Culture
Solutions for Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, and Depression
Analyze the prevalence and statistics associated with suicide and mental health issues among nurses.
Demonstrate understanding of compassion fatigue/burnout and their potential ramifications.
Determine the traumatic nature of this pandemic and the potential long- and short-term ramifications of repeated exposure.
Assess the ways this pandemic has changed how we view the healthcare system and our role as nurses.
Apply implementable strategies to overcome burnout and improve quality of life for yourself or at-risk co-workers.
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