Feeling stressed on the frontlines of COVID-19? Talking to fellow nurses can help.
The Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety is offering a free 6-week support group for nurses working with COVID-19 patients in any health care setting in Massachusetts. This is the second virtual support group session for nurses, offered as part of a pilot program to help members of the health profession during the pandemic.
“Talking with peers is a proven strategy for coping with stresses, sadness, anger and other difficult feelings,” says Linda Kenney, Director of Peer Support Programs at the Betsy Lehman Center. “Many nurses are experiencing these kinds of feelings right now and this virtual support group can help.”
Kenney adds that the Center is working with partners to explore ways to use or adapt peer support models to help frontline workers in all health settings given the stresses of their work during the pandemic.
Beginning March 10, the weekly sessions for nurses will be held on Zoom and facilitated by a licensed mental health professional. Advance registration is required and space is limited. The sessions, from 8 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., are offered as a series and participants are strongly encouraged to attend all of them.