Nursing: Helping Patients and their Families Cope with COVID-19 and Its Lasting Effects

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About the Webinar Course

This webinar course has been previously recorded.  

We are told by some that the pandemic is abating. Cases are leveling out. We can enter our “new normal” at varying rates of speed. But what does this mean? The issue becomes even more confusing when we hear about the “second wave” of cases. Probably the biggest concern is that there are still so many unknowns. What does “new normal” look like? As with the pandemic itself, nurses will be called on to help others deal with the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar course examines some of the possible long-term effects of this global health problem and explores potential ways nurses can help patients and their families deal with life after the pandemic.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the webinar course, the learner will be able to:
  • Discuss two long-term effects of COVID-19 on global health.
  • Explore how nurses can help patients and their families deal with life after the pandemic.

About the Presenter:
Karen S. Ward, PhD, RN, COI

Dr. Karen Ward, Professor Emerita, Nursing, earned her BSN and her MSN. in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. She received her PhD in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. She has served as full-time faculty at three different academic institutions. She began at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, leaving to pursue doctoral study. After teaching at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Dr. Ward moved to Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia and then back to MTSU. She primarily taught undergraduate and graduate courses in nursing research and psychiatric/mental health nursing, advised RN to BSN and MSN students, and served in a variety of administrative roles. Dr. Ward was instrumental in developing the first entirely online RN to BSN program at MTSU and enjoyed seeing it grow from about 10 students to as many as 225. Dr. Ward has presented and published in a variety of areas, including child abuse and neglect, mental health issues, such as dealing with stress, cross training in a general hospital, and antidepressant treatment. She has made presentations for numerous conferences at many local, state, regional, national, and international sites. Her experience with presenting and publishing allows her to assist both faculty and students in getting their own ideas disseminated. Currently, Dr. Ward is working with a coauthor on the third edition of a book that helps nurses, employed in general health care settings, work effectively with patients who have mental health issues.

Content Reviewer:
June Thompson, DrPH, MSN, RN, FAEN

Dr. Thompson has a long history of working in emergency care and in the community.  She holds a doctoral degree in public health with an emphasis in epidemiology and health services administration.  Dr. Thompson has held academic positions at the Ohio State University, the University of Texas, and the University of New Mexico.  She is currently a Nurse Planner for Elite Healthcare. 

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