COVID-19 Updates is a series of free virtual events that provides viewers with the latest information and resources related to the COVID-19 pandemic. VNA collaborates with organizations, legislators, hospitals, healthcare professionals, and other entities across the commonwealth to deliver multiple free events each month. Viewers have the chance to receive speaker presentations and ask questions at the end of each session. VNA is even offering free CE for these events!
Go to our Facebook page
event calendar to register for the next event in this FREE series.
If you are unable to attend the live viewing, a free full recording will be posted to VNA's On-Demand CE Library
along with the CE evaluation the following day. Please note that all of these events have registrations due to capacity restrictions.
Upcoming COVID-19 Updates
A Focus on Health Equity in the Midst of the Pandemic
Go To Meeting Webinar
August 26, 2020 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Dr. Janice Underwood, Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, Office of Governor Ralph S. Northam
During this program, learn how COVID-19 is impacting our vulnerable populations across the Commonwealth, what measures Virginia is taking to support these populations, and how Virginia nurses can help make an impact and provide equitable care to all.
Past COVID-19 Updates
(Available on VNA's On-Demand CE Library
Virginia Medical Reserve Corps Needs
presented by Jennifer Freeland, Volunteer Coordinator
Learn more about the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps and how you can help out during the pandemic.
COVID-19: From Response to Recovery
presented by Dr. James J. James M.D., Dr.PH., M.H.A., B.G. (R), US Army Medical Corps, Executive Director, Society for Disaster Medicine and Public Health, Editor-in-Chief, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, Adjunct Professor,
University of Georgia, Global and Humanitarian Health
Take a look at the pandemic with an infectious disease expert who can share a global perspective.
Impact of COVID-19 on Nursing Regulation
presented by Jay Douglas, Executive Director, Virginia Board of Nursing
Learn more about the Department of Health’s temporary waivers that impact nursing regulations.
Extreme Self-Care for Extreme Times
presented by Dr. Eileen O’Grady, School of Wellness
Virginia nurses, who are, or soon will be put into overwhelm may need a space to have their experiences validated. Attendees will explore strategies to preserve themselves during this
unprecedented COVID pandemic. Strategies will be presented by a Virginia nurse practitioner wellness expert and will include ways to approach complexity and chaos, how to practice self-leadership and extreme self-care, no matter the circumstances.
PPE Guidelines and the COVID-19 Pandemic
presented by Lewis Johnson, CIH, CIC, Industrial Hygienist
A discussion around the CDC’s guidelines for use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Lewis Johnson is a member of the Practice Guidance Council
for the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology and will share more on industrial realities and what we should be doing.
Town Hall with Senator Mark Warner, the Virginia Department of Health and the Secretary of Health and Human Services Office
Join us for updates from the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Virginia Department of Health related to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Virginia.
Ethical Decision Making in the Midst of a Pandemic presented by Phyllis Whitehead, PhD, APRN, ACHPN, RN-BC, FNAP, Clinical Ethicist, Carilion
& Mark Swope, PhD, Director of Ethics, Carilion
Nurses must be prepared to navigate ethical dilemmas that may arise during the COVID-19 pandemic and develop and maintain moral resilience. Join us to learn more about the ethical principles that
drive our nursing practice and how to apply these to provide fair and equitable care in the midst of possible scarce resources.
VHHA on the Process to Resume Non-Essential Surgeries
presented by Abraham Segres, Vice President for Quality and Patient Safety, Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association and Eileen Dohmann, Senior Vice President & Chief Nursing Officer at Mary Washington Healthcare
The Virginia Hospital
& Healthcare Association will discuss the process to resume non-essential surgeries in health systems across the Commonwealth and address the status of this transition.
On the Frontlines of Caring for COVID-19 Patients
presented by frontline nurses from Ballad Health and other Virginia health systems
Hear from nurses serving on the frontlines of caring for COVID-19 patients in Virginia. This facilitated panel will examine the personal and professional experiences,
challenges, and successes of providing care in the midst of a pandemic.
An Interview with VA Nurse Leaders Responding to COVID-19 presented byCNOs Deb Zimmermann, Melody Dickerson, & Linda Shepherd
Nursing Officers from across the Commonwealth will discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and the response taken within their health systems. Join us as we examine the successes, the challenges,a nd where we go from here.
VDH on Next Steps as We Open Virginia
presented by Jeannine Uzel, MSN, RN, Director of Public Health Nursing, Virginia Department of Health
The Virginia Department of Health Director of Public Health Nursing
will provide an update related to COVID-19 across the Commonwealth. During this webinar we will explore the current data and trends seen as restrictions are loosened, updates for nursing professionals, how contact tracing staff and tools are being
utilized, and what we know so far about the Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome being identified in children.
Addressing Clinician Mental Health - Evidence Based Strategies that Work! presented byJudy E. Davidson DNP, RN, MCCM, FAAN | Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN | Sharon Tucker, PhD, RN
This webinar is brought to you by the Virginia Nurses Association and the Virginia Nurses Foundation. During this webinar we will explore the impact of the pandemic and other factors on the mental health of nurses and discuss strategies to promote resilience and support colleagues. We will delve into how to identify a colleague in a mental health crisis and use appropriate communication strategies to support them through these stressful situations. Presenters will discuss how you can implement a suicide prevention program in your workplace to ensure the mental health of nurses and other clinicians are fully supported.
Pandemic Pivots - A Systems Response to COVID Care
Chrissie Schaeffer, DNP, APRN, ACCNS-AG, CEN, TCRN, Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Clinician, Clinical Excellence
Amy Dean Britton MS, RN, CCRN Nurse Clinician, Unique Pathogens Unit
Alison J. Montpetit, PhD, RN, NPD-BC, Director of Nursing Research & Innovation, VCU Health System
During this program, learn about a major academic medical center’s experience and response to the care of COVID patients. Nurses from VCU Health will present the evolution of the organization’s response to the pandemic. They will share the importance of collaborative partnerships, training of team members, COVID care research and innovations.
Emotional First Aid: Managing Stress and Emotional Distress during (and after) COVID-19
The Virginia Nurses Foundation, in collaboration with CCA, a human resources consulting firm, is offering five webinars to help nurses diffuse stress and build resilience.
Topics covered during the webinars wills include:
o Stress management and resilience
o Secondary stress and compassion fatigue
o Coping with health concerns as a healthcare professional
o Practicing self-care for caregivers
While the PowerPoint is the same in each of the five sessions offered, each interactive webinar will feature unique conversations incorporating what participants share throughout. Participants are welcome to attend once or multiple times, as desired.
Mark your calendars! These webinars will be held from noon - 1:00 p.m. on August 6, 13, 20, 27, and September 3.
VNA COVID-19 Action Alerts
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