All PEINU members are encouraged to save the date for the Fall Education Day that is set for Wednesday, November 14th at the Rodd Royalty Inn, Charlottetown from 9am – 4pm. Members can Register Online between October 1st – November 5th.
Facilitator Lilo Wessels, Mental Health and Addictions Consultant, Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union (NSNU)
Lilo will discuss how the nursing profession is not immune to addictions. In fact, nurses may be more susceptible due to their typically high-stressed jobs, shift work and frequent contact with serious illness and death. Access to controlled substances in the workplace may also contribute to substance abuse.
This course will examine how addictions impact nurses, their coworkers, their employment, and their professional practice. We will discuss how to identify potential substance abuse and how to approach someone with an addiction. We will also explore the connection between addiction and mental health.
The objectives upon completion of this course, members will be able to:
- Describe substance abuse, its impact, and predisposing factors
- Understand the relationship between substance abuse and mental health
- Recognize the role of stigma, and discuss how to overcome it
- Assess the signs inherent to substance abuse in a co-worker and know how to approach and support someone who may have a substance abuse illness
- Recognize how substance abuse may impact a nurse’s employment and professional practice
- Understand potential return to work processes and accommodations
Facilitator Justin Hiltz, Communications and Research Associate, Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union (NSNU)
Justin will discuss how the internet is fundamentally changing the way we interact with others, both personally and professionally. In many ways, having an online presence has become a necessity. This course will review various social media platforms that are available, while offering tips on how best to present a professional image online. Tips on cyber safety, privacy rights and maintaining privacy online will also be discussed. We will talk about the implications of living in an age of (dis)information and finally, look at ways to stay “cyber engaged” as Union members through social media platforms and apps.