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Back To Work - June 2020 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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is much more effective than telling them they could use more time off or making suggestions about the help they need. Also, reassure staff members about things they are likely nervous about (PPE supplies and job security, for example) and do so at every possible opportuni- ty. Widespread impact While you understandably want to focus your efforts on helping nurs- es who cared for coronavirus patients reacclimate to the daily work- flow of outpatient surgery, don't lose sight of the fact that everyone was affected in some way by the COVID-19 pandemic. The good news is that the pandemic has pushed recognition of nurses' mental health into our consciousness. There are resources available to support staff resiliency, and we can create systematic approaches to supporting all surgical team members with the goal of recovery and post-traumatic growth. We can also create a new culture of support for mental health and compassion toward each other, letting go of past incivilities and giving staff members the right and space to recover from traumatic experiences. OSM Dr. Foli (kfoli@purdue.edu) is an associate professor at Purdue University School of Nursing who coauthored the book The Influence of Psychological Trauma in Nursing. Staffing S 2 6 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U N E 2 0 2 0

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