In February, USF College of Nursing will offer a series of virtual courses for frontline nurses to stay safe and healthy, both physically and mentally, while working in a pandemic. âFrontline Nursing During Covid-19: A New Paradigmâ will address pandemic concerns such as the pathology of Covid-19, personal care and risk mitigation, empowerment and self-care. representation, identifying boundaries and asking for help.
Continuing education webinars will be available free of charge to registrants across the country, thanks to a donation of $ 57,000 from David Kotok and Christine Schlesinger of Sarasota. Nurses who complete the program will be eligible for continuing education credits, which are a necessary part of license renewal.
âWe already know that before the pandemic, nurses were known to be in poorer health than the average American,â says Rayna Letourneau of USF, a registered nurse and assistant professor who oversees the development of the course. âWe already have health and wellness issues. I just see it’s getting more complex. It is exacerbated by the pandemic. “
In February of this year, a national study from UC San Diego confirmed that the risk of suicide was significantly higher among nurses than in the general population.
The course will be available in two streams, one for novice nurses and the other for industry veterans. Each track includes four webinars, which can be viewed on demand at the convenience of registrants. The first webinar will present credible information on Covid-19 as a disease, and compare and contrast 2020 with previous pandemics in history. The second webinar will focus on the importance of self-care and offer strategies for risk mitigation and personal health. The third webinar will address difficult professional situations, allowing nurses to navigate uncomfortable conversations and advocate for their rights.
For the fourth webinar, novice nurses will learn about transitioning to professional practice during a pandemic, how to make the most of their orientation, and how to identify their limitations and know when to seek help. Experienced nurses will also receive advice on setting personal boundaries, as well as mentoring other nurses during a pandemic.
After completing the program, nurses will have the opportunity to participate or suggest topics for a 12-part podcast series that will air monthly until March 2022. âIt’s More than Just a Courseâ , Letourneau said. âWe are developing a program that will ultimately be a resource for frontline nurses.
USF will publish registration information as soon as it is finalized.
The program is already generating a buzz throughout the nursing community across the country. âThey’re excited because it’s really done by nurses, for nurses. It’s taking care of them, teaching them to take care of themselves so that they can take care of their patients, âsays Letourneau. âWe want as many nurses as possible to participate. It will only help our profession.