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Mental Health and Well-Being

The emotional, psychological, and social well-being of nurses that affects how they think, feel, and act.

The mental health and well-being of nurses can affect their ability to handle stress, maintain clinical competence, and make decisions during disasters and large-scale public health emergencies.

During disasters, responders face extreme stressors that can have a negative impact on their mental health and well-being. In the second volume of the International Council of Nurses’ Core Competencies in Disaster Nursing, mental health is highlighted as a critical factor in establishing a safe, healthy, and well-prepared nursing workforce.

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Academic Articles and Books

A rapid review of the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of healthcare workers: implications for supporting psychological well-being – BMC Public Health (2021)

  • Details a rapid literature review of COVID-19’s impact on the mental health of healthcare workers around the world.

An institutional model for healthcare workers’ mental health during COVID-19 – NEJM Catalyst (2021)

  • Details the impact of a proactive intervention to mitigate negative mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in a teaching hospital. Findings are translated into lessons for other healthcare settings.

Prioritizing the mental health and well-being of healthcare workers: an urgent global public health priority – Frontiers in Public Health (2021)

  • Provides an overview of the mental health challenges that can occur among healthcare workers during a disaster, with examples beyond COVID-19.
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Guidance and Training Documents

Managing mental health during COVID-19 – American Medical Association (2021)

  • Guidance to help healthcare workers limit the impact of COVID-19 and other health disasters on their mental health well-being.

The mental health of healthcare workers in COVID-19 – Mental Health America

  • Outlines the mental health challenges seen during COVID-19 from the perspective of a mental health organization. Includes survey data from healthcare providers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Developing resilience to combat nurse burnout – The Joint Commission (2019)

  • Released prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, provides thorough analysis of the challenges of responding to a disaster and strategies healthcare organizers can use to prevent burnout among nursing staff.

Support for public health workers and health professionals – US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (2021)

  • Outlines ways to support mental health for healthcare professionals.
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Webinars, Podcasts, and Other New Media

ANA’s COVID-19 self-care package for nurses – American Nurses Association (ANA)

  • Series of free self-care courses designed to help nurses manage their mental health before and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

ANA COVID-19 video education series: COVID-19 and your mental health – American Nurses Association (ANA)

  • Resources for nurses who are working to protect their mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, including webinars and a series of short videos.

Nurses’ guide to mental health support services – American Psychiatric Nurses Association (2020)

  • Provides concise strategies for nurses on how to locate and access US-focused mental health support services.

#DearNurses – & American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) (2021)

  • Through visual storytelling, highlights the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the mental health of nurses working in the US state of Louisiana and throughout the nation.

Managing fatigue during times of crisis: guidance for nurses, managers, and other healthcare workers – National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) (2020)

  • Outlines strategies for healthcare workers on how to manage fatigue during crises.

Combating healthcare provider burnout in clinical settings – Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) (2020)

Addressing anxieties: 7 things healthcare leaders can do now – Minnesota Department of Health (2020)

  • Provides action-oriented advice for leaders on how to address anxiety among healthcare workers.

Tips for taking care of yourself – Minnesota Department of Health (2020)

  • Offers guidance for healthcare workers on ways to protect their mental health and well-being during health emergencies.

Ways to address healthcare worker anxieties and concerns – Minnesota Department of Health (2020)

  • Provides insights for healthcare organizations on how to address healthcare worker mental health challenges.

The physiological burden of prolonged PPE use on healthcare workers during long shifts – National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) (2020)

  • Details the mental and physical health impacts of prolonged usage of PPE, specifically respirators, during long hospital shifts.
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Resource Pages

COVID-19: stress and coping resources – American Hospital Association

  • Lists strategies and resources to manage personal mental health and the mental well-being of healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic or other crises.

Take a mental health test – Mental Health America

  • Online questionnaires designed to help better understand one’s mental health status.

Mental health and resiliency tools for healthcare workers: COVID-19 – Minnesota Department of Health

  • Tools and resources for healthcare leaders and workers to deal with common mental, emotional, and psychological concerns they have because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resources to support the health and well-being of clinicians during the COVID-19 outbreak – National Academy of Medicine

  • Provides resources offering information on how to support the health and well-being of clinicians during public health emergencies, including the COVID-19 response.

Protecting emotional and mental health after disaster – University of California at Irvine Sue and Bill Gross School of Nursing

  • Series of blog posts and resources on how to protect personal mental health during and after disaster.

Free tools and apps to support the mental health and resilience of all nurses – American Nurses Foundation

  • Resources developed by nurses for nurses to support mental health and resilience.
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