Day 1 :
Western Carolina University, USA
Time : 09:30-10:15
Tamera Pearson is a Professor and the Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Western Carolina School of Nursing. She has 20 years of involvements in nursing education, teaching undergraduate and graduate level students both in the classroom and online. She has published more than 15 articles on clinical and education topics in reputable journals. Additionally, she brings many years of practical nursing experience and maintains clinical practice as a Nurse Practitioner in conjunction with her faculty role.
Stress is an inevitable part of life for both nurse practitioner faculty and students that can be a motivator or a deterrent to success and productivity. Eustress creates an impetus to move forward in our mental capacity for gaining knowledge or in our physical ability to engage in active learning or to escape danger. Distress also impacts the mind and body on many levels, often leading to inflammation, chronic diseases, anxiety and depression. Yet, current research on mindfulness practices and relaxation indicates that stress can be managed in a way that reduces the negative physical and mental impacts of stress. By implementing simple stress reduction techniques into the classroom faculty can encourage a positive learning environment. In addition, through regular practice of relaxation techniques both students will be familiar with mind-body therapies that may be useful in their personal lives and in clinical practice settings with patients. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the current research on the psychoneuroimmunology impact of stress and the important role that mind-body therapies can play in managing stress. After this presentation the attendees will be able to synthesize the current psycho-physiologic understanding of stress and some evidence-based techniques to help students (and one's self) manage stress.
Monash University, Australia
Time : 10:15 am to 11: 00 am
Gaganpreet Khaira is a Nurse Practitioner in Mental Health working across two community’s mental health teams at Monash Health (largest metropolitan public health service in Victoria). She also does education sessions and evaluations for nurse practitioner students at Monash University and nursing students at the hospital. She has been working with the mental health program developing a framework and clinical practice guidelines for managing physical health comorbidities of mental health consumers.
Nurse practitioners have existed in many countries for nearly 50 years and despite the literature supporting the important role they play in health care systems there has been a relatively slow uptake of this model of care in Australia. Most nurse practitioner models in public health services in Australia are developed to fill gaps in the health care delivery systems. The roles often aim at improving access to healthcare for marginalized population, reducing fragmentation in the delivery of healthcare and/or targeting priority areas like reducing hospital admissions and ED waiting times. One such priority area and identified gap is the physical health needs of mental health consumers. People with mental illness have higher morbidity and mortality which is further compounded by disparity in health care provision. Suggestions have been made to develop integrated models whereby mental health services share the responsibility of managing medical comorbidities of these consumers. An innovative model utilizing a NP to address this gap was trialed at one of the biggest public health service in metropolitan Victoria. The NP was based in a long term community mental health team and their role focused on conducting assertive screening and arranging treatment and follow up for the medical comorbidities and initiating preventative measures for those at risk. The trial for 4 years included another funded project across 2 different community teams and showed significant improvement in the screening, referrals to specialist agencies and coordination of care and improved consumer satisfaction amongst the consumers followed up by the teams.