May 19, 2020

Videos, additional resources designed to share strategies and approaches for clinicians in distress

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Faculty and staff at The Ohio State University College of Nursing have produced a new series of videos that spotlight scenarios, strategies and approaches for addressing healthcare clinicians who may be in distress and thinking of harming themselves.

The video series is paired with an online library of resources aimed at providing education and information around symptoms of clinician burnout, including depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation. Clinician burnout and its affiliated symptoms can carry consequences from reduced job performance and high turnover rates to medical errors and suicide. The United Nations and World Health Organization both recently addressed the growing impact of the pandemic on mental health and highlighted healthcare workers specifically as a vulnerable population.

“Our heroes on the front lines of healthcare are resilient and brave, but that does not mean they are impervious to the mental health toll of the pandemic,” said Sharon Tucker, PhD, APRN-CNS, EBP-C, FNAP, FAAN, Grayce Sills Endowed Professor in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing and director of the DNP Nurse Executive Track at the College of Nursing. “Our team created this online resource featuring ten video scenarios to demonstrate some key elements in how to approach and talk with someone in distress. We are hopeful that colleagues across the healthcare spectrum will find benefit and value in this important work.”

According to the College of Nursing’s “Clinicians in Distress” website, “the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the need for resources to support clinician wellness. Professional organizations across the country are collaborating in response to the urgent need, including the American Nurses Association (ANA).”

“Clinician burnout was a growing public health epidemic before anyone had heard of COVID-19,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, EBP-C, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer and dean of the College of Nursing. “Mental and emotional well-being in our front-line clinicians must be top priority for healthcare systems; it is imperative that we both provide resources such as this video series and evidence-based programming to help healthcare professionals now and invest in support systems that prioritize their well-being in the future.”

The website housing the video series and other resources can be found at u.osu.edu/cliniciansindistress.

September 08, 2017

 

In recent years, alcohol-based antiviral rubs have become the go-to for hand hygiene and combating illness. With perfumed scents and cutesy carriers, they’re even considered "chi-chi" among trendy tweens. However, an expert at The Ohio State University says that such rubs are no help against the recent outbreak of enterovirus EV-D68, which has sent children to hospitals in several Midwestern states.

 

Timothy F. Landers, PhD, RN, CNP, CIC, assistant professor in the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Nurse Faculty Scholar, is a hand-hygiene researcher. He recommends washing hands with soap and water for at least 15 seconds to help prevent the spread of this enterovirus: “The goal of soap is to remove the oils and the virus from the hands, not to kill the virus." Landers works with a lab at the College of Nursing and focuses on infection prevention efforts. He also recommends practicing proper cough etiquette, staying home if you have symptoms, drying hands with paper towels and using a paper towel when turning on and off the sink.

 

Additionally, focus on areas between fingers and the tips of fingers while washing, as these are often forgotten and can come in contact with germs. Landers recommends liquid soap as opposed to bar soap, which can harbor bacteria. "One of the best things we can do to stay healthy is what we learned as kids -- wash our hands!" Landers said.

 

NOTE TO REPORTERS, ASSIGNMENT EDITORS: The lab at the College of Nursing offers the opportunity for members of the media to have their hands tested for bacteria – excellent visuals are available.

 

Contact: Jill Jess Phythyon, 614-688-1062, jess.16@osu.edu

 

February 22, 2017

Tim Landers, PhD, RN, CNP, CIC, associate professor at The Ohio State University College of Nursing and chair of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Research Committee is co-author of the article, “APIC MegaSurvey: Methodology and overview,” recently published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC). This article is the first in a series based on findings from the APIC MegaSurvey. Results from the APIC MegaSurvey, the largest-ever survey of the infection-prevention workforce, describe the core activities and competencies of infection preventionists (IPs). 

APIC undertook the MegaSurvey in 2015 to create a baseline of data to answer critical questions related to practice and competencies, organizational structure and staffing, compensation and the demographics of IPs. IPs are experts in identifying sources of infections and limiting their transmission in healthcare facilities.

“Infection preventionists are the backbone of efforts to prevent infections in healthcare settings,” said Landers. “Despite increasing recognition of the importance of infection prevention, relatively little is known about contemporary IP practice. To provide resources to support IPs and identify future directions for infection prevention, APIC felt it was critical to understand IPs’ current practice environments.”

Results from the APIC MegaSurvey will allow for a better understanding of IP roles and responsibilities by facility type, years of experience, professional development and current position, and will provide insight into opportunities for professional development.

Of 13,050 eligible APIC members, 4,078 (31 percent) took the online survey in mid- to late 2015. Among the key findings: 

  • The majority of respondents (81 percent) have a primary discipline of nursing.
  • Two-thirds of IPs (66.2 percent) currently work in acute-care settings; the remaining portion work in long-term care, ambulatory, outpatient and other care settings.
  • Surveillance and investigation were reported as the most frequent activities by IPs, accounting for a quarter (25.4 percent) of infection prevention efforts.
  • Forty-three percent of respondents are certified in infection prevention and control (CIC).
  • More than 37 percent are not certified, but indicate they plan to sit for certification in the future.
  • Individuals with current CIC certification had higher base compensation than those without current certification.

“The APIC MegaSurvey data establishes a benchmark for practice and compensation data, and suggests directions for future growth of the IP role,” Landers said. “Forthcoming articles, developed by the APIC Research Committee, will provide in-depth analyses of the data to frame IP practice for the coming years.”

One of the upcoming articles that will be of most interest to IPs will address staffing levels, organization and support of infection prevention and control programs. Additional articles will cover IP compensation, expansion of the IP workforce to include professionals with non-clinical backgrounds, roles and responsibilities of IPs working outside of the acute-care (hospital) setting and strategies to support certification.

In 2016, APIC published a Compensation Report based on MegaSurvey data. Additional reports on practices and competencies, and organizational structure will be released in March.

APIC MegaSurvey: Methodology and overview,” by Timothy Landers, James Davis, Katrina Crist, and Charu Malik appears in the American Journal of Infection Control, Article in press.

 

ABOUT AJIC: AMERICAN JOURNAL OF INFECTION CONTROL
The American Journal of Infection Control (ajicjournal.org) covers key topics and issues in infection control and epidemiology. Infection preventionists, including physicians, nurses and epidemiologists, rely on AJIC for peer-reviewed articles covering clinical topics as well as original research. As the official publication of APIC, AJIC is the foremost resource on infection control, epidemiology, infectious diseases, quality management, occupational health and disease prevention. AJIC also publishes infection control guidelines from APIC and the CDC. Published by Elsevier, AJIC is included in Medline and CINAHL.

 

ABOUT APIC
APIC’s mission is to create a safer world through prevention of infection. The association’s more than 15,000 members direct infection-prevention programs that save lives and improve the bottom line for hospitals and other healthcare facilities. APIC advances its mission through patient safety, implementation science, competencies and certification, advocacy and data standardization. Visit APIC online at apic.org. Follow APIC on Twitter: twitter.com/apic and Facebook: facebook.com/APICInfectionPreventionandYou. For information on what patients and families can do, visit APIC’s Infection Prevention and You website at apic.org/infectionpreventionandyou.

September 24, 2012

The Ohio State University College of Nursing announced today that the college has teamed up with Wellness & Prevention, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, to offer the Nurse Athlete/Health Athlete program, the first under the college’s Health Athlete initiative to promote healthy practices in nurses and healthcare professionals.

The Health Athlete initiative is designed for professionals from all healthcare disciplines using proven techniques that refocus and re-energize a participant’s personal and professional life. The Nurse Athlete/Health Athlete Program is derived from the Corporate Athlete® program offered by the Human Performance Institute Division of Wellness & Prevention, Inc., a health and performance solutions provider focused on improving population health. The program—rooted in 30 years of proprietary research related to the training of top-performing athletes and Fortune 500 executives at the Human Performance Institute—focuses on human energy management and one’s goals to affect sustainable behavior change.

“This program is a win-win for nurses, physicians, managers, and the entire healthcare team and system, both in terms of improving the quality of health professionals’ personal and professional lives and patient outcomes,” said Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, RN, FAAN, chief wellness officer, associate vice president for health promotion, and dean of The Ohio State University College of Nursing. “In 2011, we started talking with Wellness & Prevention, Inc. about the Corporate Athlete® program and knew it had terrific potential for healthcare professionals.”

The Nurse Athlete/Health Athlete course, led by David Hrabe, PhD, RN, associate professor of clinical nursing and executive director of academic innovations and partnerships, and Melnyk, is specially designed for nurses, healthcare professionals, physicians, students and faculty in health profession programs, healthcare organizations and health-related governmental agencies within the United States.

Wellness & Prevention, Inc. is focused on driving improved health, productivity and performance by offering personalized, integrated and comprehensive total health solutions.

“We believe that the health of employees is inextricably linked to the health and performance of an organization, so we offer solutions that empower people to be and perform at their best,” says Sanjay Gupta, president, Wellness & Prevention, Inc. “Our work with The Ohio State University College of Nursing extends our ability to nurture and sustain a strong culture of health with the nursing and health professional communities.”

The Nurse Athlete/Health Athlete program builds on the philosophy of the Corporate Athlete® program that an individual’s body and mind are both business relevant. For employees to become engaged at work, they must align their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual selves for peak performance.

The Nurse Athlete/Health Athlete workshop focuses on energy management, nutritional guidelines and fitness coaching, with the goal of building personalized performance action plans for individuals to achieve peak performance at work and at home.

In addition, health professionals who go through the Nurse Athlete program have the opportunity to be leaders by working with private sector organizations, policy makers and consumers for better health. Nurse/Health Athletes can help others learn how frequent exercise, healthy meals and brief respites during the day can increase productivity and happiness.

Nurse Athlete will serve as a prototype for Health Athlete programming to other health professionals, including physicians, physical therapists, pharmacists, as well as faculty, staff and students in academic settings.

For more information, please contact David Hrabe, executive director, at 614-398-6607 or healthathlete@osu.edu or visit healthathlete.org.

 

About The Ohio State University College of Nursing

The Ohio State University College of Nursing is the world’s preeminent college known for accomplishing what is considered impossible through its transformational leadership and innovation in nursing and health, evidence-based practice and unsurpassed wellness. Ranked in the top 6% of graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report, we exist to revolutionize healthcare and promote the highest levels of wellness in diverse individuals and communities throughout the nation and globe through innovative and transformational education, research and evidence-based clinical practice. Please visit us at nursing.osu.edu.