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Programs Offered

Training to help professional nurses prepare and make better connections

Stress First Aid

Supportive and practical actions to assist nurses experiencing stress.
SFA helps team members identify and address early signs of stress reactions in themselves and others in an ongoing way (not just after “critical incidents”).

It immerses registered nurses in the use of strategy, innovation, demographics, research, values and other approaches to create a space that supports emotional well-being, addressing their organizations and to create long‐term performance and change in the workplace.

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How does Stress First Aid Work?

SFA is offered in three online sessions via zoom. Participants will learn the SFA model, training techniques and implementation strategies as a Trainer lens. ​

After the second session, participants are given an Awareness Brief assignment to present what they have learned to their organization.

Participants are expected to come prepared to attend the third and final session and discuss how their presentations were received.

Participants that fulfill the requirements of the training will receive continuing education credit.

Who should attend: This program is designed for professional registered nurses.

To Date: We have hosted 4 cohorts for 117 nurses across NJ. SFA is free of charge and contact hours are awarded after completion of the program.

Virtual Schwartz Rounds

Providing nurses an opportunity amid fast-paced, stressed work lives to openly and honestly discuss the social and emotional issues they face in caring for patients and families.

By discussing the human dimensions of care, the premise is that caregivers will be better able to make personal connections with patients and colleagues and have greater insight into their own responses and feelings.

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How do Virtual Schwartz Rounds (VSR) Work? Utilizing two facilitators to guide discussion, the sessions (typically attended by 25-60 people) have a prescribed format where two nurse panelist share their story around a theme that triggers discussion between those in attendance. These one-hour sessions are remote and take place online using zoom.

They provide a forum for connecting with nursing colleagues facing challenging experiences while trying to care for themselves and others. They are opportunities to connect with one another about difficult or uplifting experiences, to offer and to receive support, and to decrease a sense of isolation.

Who should attend: This program is designed for professional registered nurses.

To Date: We have hosted 38 sessions for 2000 nurses across NJ. VSR are free of charge and offer 1 contact hour for each session.

Previous Themes of Discussion: We have provided a safe space to discuss a broad range of topics. Some recent topics include: Celebrating the Micro Moments to Reduce Stress, Addressing Workplace Violence and the Emotional Impact, Leading and Supporting My Peers, and Positive Self-Talk