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Value: 100 points

Due: Create your initial post by Day 4 and reply to at least one of your peers by Day 7.

Grading Category: Discussions

Initial Post

Reflect on your own experiences in your clinical work and workplace related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Discuss the ways that this pandemic can be compared to disaster medicine.

  • How has the pandemic affected clients with severe mental illnesses ability to access mental health treatment and substance use disorder treatment? Clarify the PMHNP’s role in these situations.

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Reply to at least two of your peers. In your reply posts, reflect on your own thoughts as well as the occurrences in your own practice. Please refer to the Grading Rubric for details on how this activity will be graded.

The described expectations meet the passing level of 80%. You are directed to review the Discussion Grading Rubric for criteria which exceed expectations.

 

 

 

 

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Re: Week 13 Discussion: COVID-19 Pandemic

by Cindy Faraguna – Monday, 20 November 2023, 6:45 PM

COVID-19 was an experience nobody will ever forget or wish to experience again. This was a challenging time for healthcare workers, patients, and families. While the “world” had to stay home, healthcare professionals needed to leave their families and put aside any fear, exhaustion, and uncertainty to care for patients. In addition, staffing was short since colleagues became sick, some passed away, colleagues left working in healthcare, and some were fired due to mandates. There was no time to debrief, it was constantly high stress and working on pure adrenaline. The rate of burnout and compassion fatigue skyrocketed. A study reported healthcare professionals experienced PTSD symptoms, anxiety, depression, high levels of stress, and somatic symptoms (Lluch et al., 2022). The rate of these conditions jumped from 9.6% per pandemic to 51% for anxiety and 20% to 75% for depression (Lluch et al., 2022).

The pandemic significantly negatively impacted patients. COVID-19 increased underlying mental health conditions among patients with psychiatric illnesses such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, increased substance use, and insomnia (Muruganadam et al., 2020; Sowmya et al., 2021). In a study, 33% of people with severe mental health illness presented with a relapse of symptoms during the pandemic lockdown (Muruganandam et al, 2020). In addition, COVID-19 made it challenging for patients who were required to have in-person visits. For example, during the pandemic, the patients who faced difficult challenges were those with substance use disorders (SUD) and those in recovery (Sowmya et al., 2021). The obstacles were increased exposure risk to COVID-19, increased impulsivity, increased risk of relapse, increased alcohol abuse, and increased numbers of patients utilizing drug and alcohol services (Sowmya et al., 2021).

The psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner’s (PMHNP) role during the pandemic was to bring awareness to mental health, provide telehealth services, and continue to provide therapeutic and conducive treatment while following social distance guidelines (Kameg et al., 2020). PMHNPs were there to provide care to those suffering from mental health conditions during a time of need and crisis. The PMHNP was highly demanded in all disaster responses (Dilks, 2020). As the mental health crisis increased during and after the pandemic, PMHNPs filled in the gaps of the high demand for mental health services.

References

Dilks, S. “Tari.” (2020). Pandemic: Psychiatric-mental health nurses providing hope in the midst of Chaos. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 26(3), 293–295. https://doi.org/10.1177/1078390320918547

Kameg, B. N. (2020). Psychiatric‐mental health nursing leadership during coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid‐19). Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 28(4), 507–508. https://doi.org/10.1111/jpm.12662

Lluch, C., Galiana, L., Doménech, P., & Sansó, N. (2022). The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Burnout, compassion fatigue, and compassion satisfaction in Healthcare Personnel: A systematic review of the literature published during the first year of the pandemic. Healthcare, 10(2), 364. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare10020364

Muruganandam, P., Neelamegam, S., Menon, V., Alexander, J., & Chaturvedi, S. K. (2020). Covid-19 and severe mental illness: Impact on patients and its relation with their awareness about COVID-19. Psychiatry Research, 291, 113265. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2020.113265

Sowmya, A., Javadekar, A., Menon, P., & Saldanha, D. (2021). Impact of covid 19 pandemic on persons with Psychiatric Disorders. Industrial Psychiatry Journal, 30(3), 288. https://doi.org/10.4103/0972-6748.328832

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