COVID-19 Resources

To support psychiatric-mental health nurses as they address concerns and promote mental health during this time, here are resources containing information about mental health and the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). As additional information becomes available, more resources will be shared. To suggest resources to be added to this page, please email inform@apna.org.

Tips & Info for Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses
Psychiatric-mental health nurses provide essential mental health and substance use care and psychosocial support to those impacted during a public health emergency. These tips and resources provide targeted guidance and support for PMH nurses during this rapidly evolving situation.

Managing Stress & Self-Care During COVID-19
For nurses, managing stress and anxiety becomes more crucial than ever during a time like this. Burnout and ongoing traumatic stress significantly impact one's health and ability to provide the best possible care. Use these tips to help take care of your mental health.


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APNA Materials

Cultivating Our Best Selves in Response to COVID-19: The Community Resiliency Model
Free Webinar 
1.5 Contact Hours
Strengthen and access your 'best self' through body-based approaches to reduce the impact of stress and trauma.

The Impact of COVID-19: Extreme Stress and Trauma on American Health Care Providers
In this issue brief, get information about coping during COVID-19, including quick self-care strategies to manage extreme stress as well as practical steps for community stakeholders.

Motivational Interviewing Online Program
Free to everyone (members, students, nonmembers) through 6/30/21, this course includes simulation and interactive components that are helpful to engage when face-to-face interaction is limited, and which may help for meeting some schools’ current requirements* for class time or clinical hours. *Check with your school for requirements.

President's Address: Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses: Proud Partners in the Journey to Whole Health
Free Webinar / 1.0 Contact Hours
In her 2020 President's Address, Sattaria (Tari) S. Dilks, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP shares strategies for supporting nurse mental health, building resilience, and practicing self-care.

COVID-19 Pandemic: The Pivotal Role of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses
In this one sheet, get information about COVID-19, including three actionable steps for psychiatric-mental health nurses, best practices from SAMHSA, and more.

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Undergraduate Education Toolkit
For nursing faculty looking for ways to engage students via virtual learning, this toolkit offers a wide array of resources, worksheets, and activities that will help nurse educators provide students with psychiatric-mental health nursing experiences online. 

Clinical Practice During COVID-19
Free Webinar
0.5 Contact Hours
A panel discussion on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on clinical practice and strategies for providing care to patients during this time.

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Information & Updates

SAMHSA's Coronavirus Mental Health Working Group Saving Lives Through Increased Support for Mental and Behavioral Health Needs Report
A report outlining plans to improve mental health and reduce the negative impact of COVID-19.

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SAMHSA's Crisis Services: Meeting Needs, Saving Lives
A compendium detailing crisis intervention services, best practices and related components of crisis services, for use by a wide array of community leaders and health care providers to work toward better outcomes for Americans in crisis.

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COVID-19 Vaccines
Guidance and information from ANA Enterprise.

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SAMHSA Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19
A collection of Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) resources including webinars, tip sheets, and training programs.

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CDC Coronavirus Guidance for Health Professionals
Guidelines and resources specifically for healthcare personnel on the front lines of caring for patients with confirmed or possible infection with COVID-19.

National Institutes of Health 
The NIH’s new Spanish COVID-19 site features health information on testing, treatments, vaccines, clinical trials, and more. 

ANA Coronavirus Preparedness
Information and best practices for nurses, healthcare consumers, volunteers, and individuals traveling.

TJC Webinar: Preparing Behavioral Health Organizations for Coronavirus
An overview of clinical presentations of coronavirus and specific suggestions for decreasing the risk of transmission in the behavioral health setting.

 

AACN Coronavirus Resources for Nurse Educators
A collection of resources that pertain to nursing school deans, faculty, and students.

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SAMHSA Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak
Strategies for complying with recommendations for social distancing, quarantine, and isolation and supporting wellness.

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ANA Adapting Standards of Care Under Extreme Conditions
A policy paper with guidelines for healthcare professionals providing care during a crisis.

SAGE Journals Coronavirus Research
A compendium of recent research on COVID-19 from various scholarly publications.

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WHO Mental Health in Emergencies
A fact sheet on common impact of emergencies on mental health and ways to mitigate this effect.

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ICN Nurses and Disaster Risk Reduction, Response, and Recovery
A position statement on the role of nurses when responding to disaster.

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SAMHSA COVID-19 Guidance and Resources
Consolidated resources with regular updates regarding the coronavirus.

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CMS Telemedicine Toolkit
Toolkit to help expand access to care during this time using telehealth.

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NAMI Updates on the Coronavirus
Tips for workplaces and individuals with mental illnesses to be proactive about COVID-19.

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ANA Webinar: Be Confident Protecting Yourself and Providing the Best Care to Your Patients during this
COVID-19 Pandemic

Webinar on the guidelines and use of Personal Protective Equipment, patient surge, and more.

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ANA Guidance for Nurses Who Want to Volunteer
Questions to answer to determine if you are able to volunteer during this time of crisis.

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AACRAO COVID-19 Crisis Practices
The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers issued guidelines on new practices and policy exceptions during the public health crisis.

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CSTS Psychological Effects of Quarantine During the Coronavirus Outbreak
The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress describes the impact of quarantine on mental health and outlines strategies to support mental well-being.

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How to Prepare for a Video Appointment with Your Mental Health Clinician
An infographic from SMIAdviser on tips for using telehealth options with your mental health clinician.

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ANA Webinar: Ventilator Management: Essential Skills for Non-ICU Nurses
Be better prepared to be an effective part of a team caring for critically ill patients on a ventilator.  

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ANA Webinar: How to Respond to Ethical Challenges and Moral Distress during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Insights and tools for coping with difficult aspects of the pandemic.

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ANA Webinar: How You Can Have a Direct Impact on Reducing The Devastating Racial Disparities of COVID-19
Improve your impact on the recognition, care and treatment, and recovery from COVID-19 in  disproportionately affected populations such as Black Americans and Native Americans, especially considering your Implicit Bias.

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ANA Webinar: COVID-19 in Non-Acute Care Settings: Hard-Earned Lessons from Two APRNs on the Frontlines
Learn from experienced nurse practitioners who are caring for COVID-19 patients on the frontlines of ambulatory care 

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ANA Webinar: Caring for Covid-19 Patients: Disease Progression and Nursing Interventions You Need to Know 
COVID-19 clinical presentation, care goals, innovative nursing interventions as well as assessment, monitoring and diagnostics strategies. 

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SMIAdviser: Tips for Telehealth Billing During the COVID-19 Pandemic
A tip sheet on how to bill telehealth sessions during this pandemic.

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National Academy of Medicine Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout Report

Guidelines for systems approaches and action to take against provider burnout.

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NCSBN Daily Updates
Archive of daily updates from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing on resources and implications for nursing practice during COVID-19.

Family Presence Decision-Making Toolkit
From Planetree International and American Nurses
Foundation, guidance for nurse leaders.

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Self-Care

APNA Self-Care Tips for Nurses
A booklet of tips collected from psychiatric-mental health nurses for practicing self-care as a nurse.

APNA Self-Care Planner
A free weekly planner featuring self-care tips from APNA members and psychiatric-mental health nurses.

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How to Take Care of Yourself While Meeting Deadlines in a Healthy Manner
In a blog by JAPNA editor Geri Pearson, get tips and simple strategies to address your health needs while meeting deadlines.

CDC Mental Health & Coping During Coronavirus
Basic information around mental health impact, stress management, and tailored advice for parents and responders.

 

Compassion Fatigue and the Behavioral Health Workforce Curriculum Infusion Package 
PSATTC slide decks designed to be used by faculty, trainers, behavioral health providers, and state/county agency staff members for a variety of audiences.

 

Strategies to Support the Health and Well-Being of Clinicians During the COVID-19 Outbreak
Tips to manage stress, avoid burnout, and practice self care during this pandemic.

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Managing Stress & Self-Care During COVID-19
Tips to help nurses take care of their mental health.

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ANA Webinar: How to Survive the Pandemic with an Unbroken Spirit – Actions to take Right Now to Stay Strong and Focused
The best and most up-to-date tools to stay strong and focused on your vitally important work and find calm in the chaos.

 

 

Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress Secondary Traumatic Stress for Healthcare Professionals
CPTS slide deck explaining the signs and symptoms of secondary traumatic stress as well as ways to decrease the risk and incidence of secondary traumatic stress.

 

AFSP Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
Actionable ways to take care of your mental health in the current climate.