The Psychological Crisis of COVID-19 that too few are talking about: CLINICIANS AT RISK

Recorded On: 06/10/2020

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INS and AVA are coming together to address an issue of profound importance to the infusion and vascular access communities. Healthcare workers are facing significant challenges in their professional and personal lives, due to COVID-19. These challenges may result in ongoing stress and evoke feelings of anxiety, sadness, hopelessness, guilt, and anger. This is matter of significance and urgency for clinicians. We are partnering with AVA to create awareness and promote dialogue about this issue within our community. We are offering this webinar at no cost to non-members and we encourage everyone to share in this opportunity.  

Join INS and AVA Directors of Clinical Education, Marlene Steinheiser and Judy Thompson, as they share experiences, include audience interaction, and use case studies to illustrate specific, practical interventions to minimize stress. They will also discuss the science that underpins current stressors.

Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this webinar, the clinician will be able to:

o Describe compassion fatigue, burnout, secondary traumatic stress, second victim and moral distress
o Recognize common challenges and stressors related to the pandemic
o Identify and implement at least one practical intervention to help reduce stress
o List several resources from nationally recognized professional organizations

Marlene Steinheiser, PhD, RN, CRNI®

Director of Clinical Education, INS

Marlene Steinheiser, PhD, RN, CRNI®, is the Director of Clinical Education for INS. In her role, she directs the development of educational programs and resources for INS and develops strategic alliances with other organizations. She earned her PhD in nursing at the University of Arizona, conducting research focusing on compassion fatigue among healthcare professionals. A nurse for more than 32 years, Dr. Steinheiser has had experience in acute care, home infusion, long-term care, regulatory organizations, and academic nursing.

Judy Thompson, MSNED, RN, VA-BC

Director of Clinical Education, AVA

Judy Thompson, MSNED, RN, VA-BC, has been a vascular access vascular access specialist since 2004. She has experienced the joys and heartbreak of this craft, having advanced her practice to include insertion of all peripherally and centrally inserted catheters, as well as arterial devices. She is a founding member and president of her local Vascular Access Network and has served as president of AVA in 2017. She joined the AVA staff in 2018 as Director of Clinical Education.

CRNI® RUs: This session has been approved for 1 CRNI® recertification unit and meets the non INS Meeting criteria.

Contact Hours: This session has been approved for 1 contact hour

Expiration date for receipt of contact hours: June 10, 2023

To receive contact hours for this educational activity, you are required to attend the entire educational activity and complete the evaluation.

This course fulfills 1 credit towards VA-BCTM recertification.


Live event: 06/10/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT) You must register to access.
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