Next Frontier in Workplace Mental Health Strategies for Nurses

2020 Mental Health for Nurses About
Helping Nurses Cope and Thrive

It is no surprise that the risk of psychological distress is exceptionally high among nurses. Long hours, shift work, lack of autonomy, exposure to trauma, workplace violence, and the pressure to present as calm, all take a toll. Nurses are typically the first and last point of contact of care for patients, providing physical and emotional support at the time of greatest need. They are the backbone of our healthcare system. It is crucial that their mental health needs are recognized and addressed.

Taking place on Tuesday, November 10th and Thursday, November 12th, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EDT), the Mental Health for Nurses Virtual Conference will provide you with leading strategies to manage the spectrum of good psychological health and safe workplaces in a healthcare setting. You will connect with thought leaders and peers on some of the more complex challenges in helping nurses cope and thrive. Be part of the conversation in advancing opportunities to promote workplace psychological health and well-being.

Topics
  • Moral distress for nurses – lessons learned from COVID
  • A roadmap for creating a psychologically healthy workplace in a healthcare setting
  • Mental health risks facing nurses
  • Support tailored to the unique needs of nurses
  • CASE STUDIES: Our journey in advancing nurses’ mental health
  • Evidence-based mental health training for nurses
  • Recognizing mental health disability in the healthcare workplace
  • Workplace violence prevention – recommendations that are actionable now
  • Trauma, and post traumatic stress disorder with a focus on nurses
  • Duty to accommodate, duty to inquire: legal obligations
  • Facilitating support and recovery
Speaker Organizations
  • Mental Health Commission of Canada
  • College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Michael Garron Hospital
  • Providence Health Care
  • McMaster University
  • Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
  • Bernardi Human Resources Law LLP
  • Public Service Health and Safety Association
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Ontario Medical Association
  • First Nations Health Authority
2020 Mental Health for Nurses Speakers
Learn about the Speakers for the 2020 Mental Health for Nurses Virtual Conference
Rita Gupta
Facilitator | Live Wire Consulting
Ed Mantler
Vice-President, Programs and Priorities | Mental Health Commission of Canada
Carolyn A. Gora
Director Professional Conduct | College of Nurses of Ontario
Interim Chief Nursing Officer, Nurse Practitioner | Michael Garron Hospital
Christine Devine
Wellness Specialist | Michael Garron Hospital
Sandy Coughlin
Director, Occupational Health & Safety | Providence Healthcare
Dr. Sandra Moll
Occupational Therapist | School of Rehabilitation Science and Associate Professor | McMaster University
Andrea Marshall
Director, Communications, Volunteers, Centre of Education and Organizational Development | Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Asha Rampersad
Lawyer and HR Advisor | Bernardi Human Resource Law LLP
Henrietta Van hulle
Vice President, Client Outreach | Public Services Health and Safety Association
Staff Psychologist, Work, Stress & Health Clinic | Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) and Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry & Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science | University of Toronto
Dr. Lisa Lefebvre
Associate Medical Director | Ontario Medical Association & Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine and Psychiatry | University of Toronto
Cynthia Russell
Clinical Nurse Specialist | First Nations Health Authority
2020 Mental Health for Nurses Agenda
View the Agenda and Learn about the Topics for the 2020 Mental Health for Nurses Virtual Conference

12:30 pm – 12:45 pm

Rita Gupta
Facilitator | Live Wire Consulting
Welcome and Opening Remarks

12:45 pm – 1:15 pm

Ed Mantler
Vice-President, Programs and Priorities | Mental Health Commission of Canada
Preventing Psychological Harm in the Healthcare Workplace
  • Protection from moral distress and support for psychological self-care
  • Better defining the chronic stressors within the industry
  • Reducing stigma
  • Increasing mental health resiliency
  • Innovative measures and resources to help nurses

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Carolyn A. Gora
Director Professional Conduct | College of Nurses of Ontario
Supportive Intervention for Nurses: The Nurses’ Health Program
  • Compassionate care
  • Providing a pathway for support and recovery
  • Supportive and confidential environment
  • Harm reduction

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

Substance Use Disorder Among Nurses: Causes, Symptoms, and Recovery
  • Addiction risks facing healthcare professionals
  • Warning signs of substance use disorder in nurses
  • Weighing in on investigations
  • Effective and compassionate interventions
  • Facilitating recovery
  • Return to work in a safety sensitive workplace
Dr. Lisa Lefebvre
Associate Medical Director | Ontario Medical Association & Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine and Psychiatry | University of Toronto
Staff Psychologist, Work, Stress & Health Clinic | Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) and Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry & Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science | University of Toronto

2:30 pm – 2:40 pm

Screen Break

2:40 pm – 3:10 pm

Asha Rampersad
Lawyer and HR Advisor | Bernardi Human Resource Law LLP
Employer Responsibilities: Mental Health in the Workplace
  • Current considerations for your employee mental health policy
  • Engaging management and co-workers
  • Workplace culture
  • Communication strategies
  • Intervention, discipline, return to work

3:10 pm – 3:40 pm

Interactive Breakout Sessions
Topics will be announced after polling

3:40 pm – 3:50 pm

Yoga Break
Christina Sjoberg | INNERGY Corporate Yoga

3:50 pm – 4:20 pm

Dr. Sandra Moll
Occupational Therapist | School of Rehabilitation Science and Associate Professor | McMaster University
Beyond Silence: Advancing Evidence-Based Tools and Training Customized for Healthcare Organizations
  • Critical reflection on the reasons why nurses do not seek/receive mental health supports in a timely way
  • Review development of a workplace mental health training program that is customized for healthcare workers
  • Present findings from systematic evaluation of the peer-led training program in large as well as small workplaces
  • Review development and evaluation of new smartphone app designed to promote early intervention and support for healthcare workers

4:20 pm – 4:30 pm

Rita Gupta
Facilitator | Live Wire Consulting
Closing Remarks

12:30 pm – 12:40 pm

Rita Gupta
Facilitator | Live Wire Consulting
Welcome and Opening Remarks

12:40 pm – 1:25 pm

Cynthia Russell
Clinical Nurse Specialist | First Nations Health Authority
A Two-Eyed Seeing Approach to Nurse Mental Health and Wellness
  • What the data and nurses tell us about their mental health and wellness
  • How Trauma informed care and Cultural safety and humility inform a Two-Eyed Seeing approach
  • How the perspectives of the Bio-medical model and Indigenous wisdom can be understood as two wisdoms informing a new way of viewing healthcare and care of nurses
  • How the Two-Eyed seeing approach informs nurse mental health and wellness in the COVID-19 context

1:25 pm – 1:55 pm

Henrietta Van hulle
Vice President, Client Outreach | Public Services Health and Safety Association
Safer Workers Means Better Care- Violence Prevention Strategies
  • Nurses cannot provide quality care if they are afraid of being injured at work
  • Violence can be prevented in healthcare
  • Improve the psychological and physical health of nurses
  • Learn about the tools and resources that can help you reduce injuries

1:55 pm – 2:00 pm

Screen Break

2:00 pm – 3:20 pm

Case Studies with Panel Discussion:
Our Hospital’s Journey to Advancing Mental Health
  • Development of an Integrated Wellness Program
  • Our experience implementing Excellence Canada’s Mental Health at Work Framework
  • Creating a positive workplace culture of engagement and wellness
  • Leveraging data to inform wellness programming
  • The role of leadership in workplace wellness and mental health
  • Setting the foundation of wellness for nurse and employee mental health
  • Historical issues: incivility, professionalism and autonomy, teamwork, supporting workplace mental health
  • Explore the voices of nursing through COVID 19
  • Lessons Learned
  • Revising our wellness agenda post COVID
Andrea Marshall
Director, Communications, Volunteers, Centre of Education and Organizational Development | Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Sandy Coughlin
Director, Occupational Health & Safety | Providence Healthcare
Christine Devine
Wellness Specialist | Michael Garron Hospital
Interim Chief Nursing Officer, Nurse Practitioner | Michael Garron Hospital

3:20 pm – 3:30 pm

Rita Gupta
Facilitator | Live Wire Consulting
Closing Remarks
2020 Mental Health for Nurses Virtual
What You Will Receive at the 2020 Mental Health for Nurses Virtual Conference

Due to the restrictions on gatherings of large groups and social distancing orders put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this conference will be a live virtual environment. Our virtual conference format will provide the same interactive learning experience as our traditional in-person events.

Attend this conference from wherever you are and hear our faculty of experts share their expertise and insights on mental health for nurses. Share your comments, get answers to your questions and have your say in the discussion just as you would at an in-person event.

Attend this live interactive virtual conference and receive:

  • Full access to all presentation materials
  • Participation in sessions in real-time
  • Full access to a recording of the event to view at your convenience
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