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|Posted on March 4, 2015 at 9:45 AM|
Through our contacts at LCVN, the Virginia Association for Home Care and Hospice asked me to do a conference call on the importance and benefits for home health / hospice nurses to engage in continuing education with respect to community psychiatric nursing.
So I attached a rough outline to start as far as talking points for the call. If you all could take a look and let me know if you have anything to add.
Home Health, Hospice and Community Mental Health
Three Peas in a Pod
v Need to be equipped. We are all are on the front lines. You have the potential to work with mental illness in a variety of ways.
Ø Your patient themselves may be a current recipient of mental health services.
Ø Your patient may be an untreated individual in need of mental health services.
Ø Stress Threshold. Given the stress that comes with the need for home health care or hospice, an individual’s coping mechanisms and resilience could potentially be overtaxed, contributing to either a first break or a relapse of a psychiatric illness.
Ø There may be a family member / caregiver living with your patient who is being treated for mental illness or in need of mental health services. The latter is more likely. A great deal of stigma remains with mental illness, and frequently the family system can remain closed because of this.
v Continuing Education Benefits
Ø Contributes to the arsenal in your tool box in the work that you already do, in terms of building coping mechanisms and resilience.
Ø Learn resources to link your patients and families / caregivers to when needed.
v Continuing Education Resources
Ø VACPN conferences with CNE (www.vacpn.net)
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