Why we need a paradigm shift when it comes to nurse mental health
Our guest for this episode is one of the leading voices in the conversation around clinician mental health. Dr. Bernadette Melnyk is the Vice President for Health Promotion, the University Chief Wellness Officer, and the dean of the College of Nursing at The Ohio State University. She is nationally recognized as an expert on evidence-based approaches to a wide range of healthcare and wellness challenges.
She and Dr. Nurse Dan talk about how nurses are coping as the COVID-19 pandemic passes the one year mark, and why Dr. Melnyk thinks there is a mental health crisis lurking in our healthcare workforce. She shares her thoughts on the evidence-based techniques that can improve nurses’ well-being, the role of skills building and cognitive behavioral therapy in treating anxiety and depression, and why the idea that resiliency is an innate trait is a myth.
Dr. Melnyk also shares her thoughts on why wellness leadership is so important in healthcare, academia and corporate America, and why we need to change our healthcare paradigm from sick care to well care.
Links to recommended reading:
- The Ohio State University College of Nursing
- Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout: A Systems Approach to Professional Well-Being
- Trusted Health & Ohio State University College of Nursing Wellness Partner Program
- Trusted Health Mental Health Resource Center
The full transcript for this episode can be found here: https://www.trustedhealth.com/the-handoff-podcast/bernadette-melnyk