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Preventing Nurse Suicide: The Real Psychological Ramifications of the Pandemic

Stephanie L. Bunch, RN, MSN, ANP-C, PMHNP-C
1 Hour 30 Minutes
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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.

Let me lend a helping hand…  Please join me for a FREE 90-minute webinar on Thursday, June 17th 10 am – 11:30 am Central Time, plus earn up to 1.5 CE hours at no cost to you.

That’s right.  There is absolutely no cost to attend this important event.  If the live video presentation date and time doesn’t work for your schedule, by registering you will also have access to the video recording afterwards.  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.  Please….plan to join me.

Stephanie L. Bunch, RN, MSN, ANP-C, PMHNP-C 

and the PESI HealthCare Team 


Can’t Attend Live? Click here to pre-order the free on-demand recording and watch at your convenience!



NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

Continuing Education Information: Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this live interactive webcast. This webcast is a broadcast of a live event. You will be able to type questions to the speaker. The speaker will see the questions and address them during the presentation as time allows. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether web based activities are an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

CE Information is based on 100% attendance.

Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses in full attendance will earn 1.5 contact hours. Partial contact hours will be awarded for partial attendance.

California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 17118 for 1.5 contact hours. Full attendance is required. No partial contact hours will be issued for partial attendance. 

Florida Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Nursing, Provider # FBN2858. This course qualifies for 1.5 contact hours. 

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Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Full attendance at this activity qualifies for 1.5 contact hours. Full attendance in the activity is required; no partial contact hours will be issued for partial attendance. These contact hours are used for your license renewal. Please email with your license number, include the webcast title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid for the webcast.

Other Professions

This activity qualifies for 90 continuing education minutes as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements. 


Stephanie L. Bunch, RN, MSN, ANP-C, PMHNP-C Related seminars and products

Stephanie L. Bunch, RN, MSN, ANP-C, PMHNP-C, 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.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Stephanie Bunch has an employment relationship with Par Rehab Services. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Stephanie Bunch is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

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Program Information

Access Period for Live Webcast

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.

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Nurse Educators
  • Other Healthcare Professionals


Preventing Nurse Suicide: What We Are Learning 

  • Nationwide statistics vs worldwide 
  • Lack of statistics - and potential reasons for this 
  • Statistics regarding mental health history among nurses 

Mental Health Concerns Among Nurses: Common Risk Factors 

  • Men vs Women- 93% of nurses worldwide are women 
  • The overwhelming need to care for everyone - except yourself 
  • Home stressors 
    • Relationship issues 
    • Drug abuse among family members, spouse, or self 
    • Strained familial dynamic 
  • Long and demanding work shifts 
  • Little recognition by employer and patients 
  • Workplace drama 
  • Mental health history- treated or undiagnosed  

Burnout/Compassion Fatigue 

  • Differentiating the two 
  • Determining the source of the burnout 
  • How this pandemic has taken burnout to a new level 
    • Various traumas associated with the pandemic 
    • How nurses have dealt with these traumas 

Nursing as a Culture  

  • Uniqueness of the overall culture of nursing  
  • Pre and post COVID - has COVID changed this? 
  • Understanding the trauma experienced from the pandemic  

Solutions for Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, and Depression 

  • Prioritizing your own health 
  • Removing the stigma towards mental health  
  • Empathy for colleagues - and patients 
  • Use your voice to address workplace concerns 
  • Strategies to initiate change on your unit 


  1. Analyze the prevalence and statistics associated with suicide and mental health issues among nurses.  

  1. Demonstrate understanding of compassion fatigue/burnout and their potential ramifications.  

  1. Determine the traumatic nature of this pandemic and the potential long- and short-term ramifications of repeated exposure.  

  1. Assess the ways this pandemic has changed how we view the healthcare system and our role as nurses.  

  1. Apply implementable strategies to overcome burnout and improve quality of life for yourself or at-risk co-workers. 


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