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Caring to cope through COVID: stories of giving and receiving support – a new, live interactive webinar

In a typical Canadian winter, many of us seek comfort on colder, darker days – like hearty foods and fun activities. Others escape to warm destinations. In fact, a travel company dubbed Jan. 18 as “Blue Monday” to promote sunny locales as an antidote to the seasonal blues. This is a winter like no other and you may be struggling to know what to say or do to comfort yourself and others. Using the art of storytelling, we’ll share real-life scenarios of people who need support and our expert panel will suggest realistic ways to help yourself and others. This live national event is on Jan. 18, 2021 at 1 p.m. EDT for 45 minutes. Our panelists will help you: • Recognize that self-care isn’t selfish – our regular webinar guest, Mary Ann Baynton, Director of Strategy and Collaboration with Workplace Strategies for Mental Health, will offer ways to change your mindset and your experience. • Support family members – Charlotte Tooley Sytnyk, the mental health ‘momager’, will share her expertise in being an effective and compassionate advocate. • Encourage co-workers – Peer support 'guru' Robyn Priest of LIVE YOUR TRUTH – a firm that teaches people to go after and live the life of their dreams – will provide inspiration and practical advice. You’ll be invited to share your stories and ask questions, too. Following the webinar, we’ll post the recording and helpful tips on the Workplace Strategies YouTube channel. Add this event in your calendars so you don’t miss it! No registration required – just click on the event link a bit before 1 p.m. on Jan. 18. Note: This is a Microsoft Teams Live event. Make sure you’ve downloaded the Teams app before the webinar. For French interpretation, please mute your computer audio and call into: 844-304-8920 Canada (Toll free) Phone Conference ID: 480 803 954# Between now and Jan. 18, check out this video Mary Ann recorded to encourage you to live for today: Dance in the rain ...
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Hearing the patient voice: why nurses must document the side effects of antipsychotics

by Michelle Danda Symptom reduction must not be the only goal of medication Psychopharmacological interventions are a large part of the mental health nurse’s role in the inpatient setting. Acute inpatient mental health admission is often focused on the stabilization of a person’s acute crisis and symptoms, necessitating consideration of psychotropic medications. Antipsychotic medications are a particularly important intervention, especially for people who are experiencing symptoms of psychosis. Early in my nursing career, I noted that nurses often assessed and documented the reduction of psychotic symptoms, but less frequently documented medication side effects. Side effects are a significant reason why patients who are prescribed antipsychotic medications stop taking them (Semahegn et al., 2020). To continue reading, follow the links below. English Version French Version ...
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Changes to the CNA Certification Program

There are some changes for the Certification Program that pertain to the eligibility criteria to apply to write an initial nursing specialty certification exam. No changes were made to the eligibility criteria for the nurses who will be renewing their nursing specialty credential either by submitting 100 CL hours or writing the nursing specialty certification exam every 5 years. The eligibility specialty experience hours required for nurses to apply for certification will be reduced. There are two options: 1,950 hours of experience in your nursing specialty within the last five years (formerly 3,900 hours). 1,000 hours of experience in your nursing specialty within the last five years plus 300 hours of formal education, which can be a specialty post-basic course or program at a college/university (as opposed to the former 2,925 hours of specialty experience plus education). These new changes will be launched on our the Certification Program website page the week of December 14, 2020. We will be using various communication strategies to promote this exciting new change ...
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Mental Health Nurses Leading Advocacy and Activism: Using a Historical Perspectives to Understand Mental Health Nursing and to Lead Change

by Michelle Danda, MN MPN RN CPMHN(C) Globally psychiatric and mental health nurses have been struggling with a changing health care landscape in which large mental health institutions that once provided care for people diagnosed with mental illness are closing with the intention of community-based services and programs assuming care. The notion of mental illness is changing, with increased public motivation to destigmatize mental health issues like psychosis, depression, suicide, and addiction. A spotlight has been turned on the value of mental health professionals to provide care for people in crisis because of highly publicized atrocities like violence by police towards people of colour in mental health crisis, mental distress resulting from Covid-19 and the opiate poisoning crisis ...
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Cannabis and Psychosis – Exploring the Link

Cannabis and Psychosis - Exploring the Link is a project of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada (SSC). Guided by the expertise of Youth and Scientific Advisors, cannabisandpsychosis.ca is building opportunities for engagement and dialogue with youth, and creating tools to help young people, parents, educators, and service providers learn about the link between cannabis and psychosis from people with firsthand experience and other experts. Please click on the link below for more information: Cannabis & Psychosis ENG & FR SLIDE ...
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