WSNA COVID-19 page lists resources and updated FAQ for nurses.
Washington COVID-19 Mental Health Network is “a group of Washington-based mental health professionals dedicated to supporting frontline COVID-19 workers during the evolving crisis. We help doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, respiratory therapists, paramedics, and other frontline healthcare workers connect with licensed therapists for one-on-one, no-fee therapy. Our goal is to support workers as they deal with the unprecedented pressures posed by this pandemic.” They are providing free teletherapy visits.
Trauma Recovery Network of Western Washington – A group of Western Washington therapists trained in trauma recovery are offering a limited number of pro bono therapy sessions. Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at http:/traumarecoverywa.org.
Self Care & Resiliency
Meditation Tool – Headspace
Headspace, an online meditation platform, is offering all US healthcare professionals who work in public health settings free access to Headspace Plus through 2020.
“What’s going on right now is a challenge for everyone. But you, our healthcare professionals, are particularly overburdened. Headspace wants to be here for you and support you as best we can. Helping you be kind to yourself, and your own health, during this difficult time.”
The free e-book versions of Chicken Soup for the Soul & Inspiration for Nurses can be downloaded from Amazon, Google, Apple, Barnes & Noble and other e-book providers. The publisher wants to provide comfort and an uplifting reading break for all the health care workers on the frontlines.
This presentation was developed by the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences for UW Medicine’s healthcare managers. It is a guide to identifying distress and taking supportive measures in the moment and talks about resiliency during a crisis. It is based on World Health Organization’s Psychological First Aid: Guide for Field Workers and Psychological First Aid Adapted for the Ebola Outbreak.
An article from the American Psychiatric Nurses Association provides tools and resources for how nurses can deal with traumatic stress during the COVID-19 response.
Looking to the Future
John Hopkins School of Nursing and American Journal of Nursing have teamed up to create the Frontline Nurses WikiWisdom Forum, providing a format so that nurses fighting the Covid-19 pandemic can share their experiences with each other. The organizers encourage nurses to use the forum to build community during this challenging time as well as a way to share vital information.
When the COVID-19 pandemic has passed, they will select a group of leaders from this online conversation to work with our moderator to prepare a “Never Again” report which will be published by the American Journal of Nursing.
Funds for COVID-19 grants for nurses have been exhausted but we encourage nurses to explore the requirements for their other grants.
Nurses House is a national fund for nurses. They’ve has partnered with the American Nurses Foundation to help nurses nationwide affected by COVID-19. Through July 31, 2020, Nurses House will be accepting applications from RNs, and LPNs who are unable to work due to a COVID-19 infection, caring for a family member with COVID-19, or are under employer-mandated quarantine.