06Jun

Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic has put an unprecedented mental strain on the nation’s nurses, four leading nursing organizations and the American Nurses Foundation have launched a national Well-Being Initiative.

Introduced in late May, the initiative has grown to provide a broad range of resources and tools to help nurses cope with the stress.

Introduced in late May, the initiative has grown to provide a broad range of resources and tools to help nurses cope with the stress.

“Nurses are putting their physical and mental health on the line to protect us all during this pandemic. Every day they confront traumatic situations while they face their own worries about the risks to themselves and their families,” said Kate Judge, foundation executive director.

The initiative was developed by the foundation and its partners: American Nurses Association (ANA), Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), and American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA).

The resources are broad and extensive. Here is a sample:

  • Nurses Together: Connecting Through Conversations – This is a one-hour, 7 day a week voice and video peer support session led by volunteers from the ENA.
  • Moodfit Mobile App – The premium version of this highly regarded mental health wellness tracker is free to nurses.
  • Narrative Expressive Writing – A 5 session, weekly program in which nurses experiencing distress from the COVID-19 pandemic write about their experience. Mental health professionals provide individualized feedback on each session.
  • Happy App – This digital tool connects users with “support givers,” professional listeners who provide emotional support to nurses who want or need to talk to someone. A grant from the foundation makes a nurse’s first call free.
  • Nurses’ Guide to Mental Health Support Services — Because even nurses aren’t always sure where to turn, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association developed a guide to the support systems and services that are available to nurses and how to locate them.

In addition to the Well-Being Initiative, the Foundation partnered with Nurses House, Inc., a financial assistance organization for nurses, to provide a one-time $1,000 grant for qualified nurses who are ill with COVID-19, caring for a family member with COVID-19, or who are under employer mandated quarantine due to virus.

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Jun 6, 2023

Recognizing the Work of Radiologic Technologists

125 years ago this week, William Roentgen made one of the most momentous discoveries in both physics and medicine.

On November 8, 1895, Roentgen discovered x-rays and took the world’s first x-ray pictures, one of which was of his wife’s hand showing the bones and her wedding ring.

This week, National Radiologic Technology Week, we celebrate that discovery and the work of today’s radiology technologists.

R.Ts., sometimes called rad techs, do far more, of course, than simply taking x-rays. They perform a broad range of diagnostic imaging procedures. They may specialize in breast imaging, computed tomography, cardiac-interventional procedures, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, radiation therapy and general diagnostic radiology

Technologists must have at least an associate’s degree, many hold 4-year college degrees. Registered radiologic technologists must pass a national test to become certified. The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists counts over 300,000 technologists.

The leading organization for radiologic technologists is the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, which created National Radiologic Technology Week in 1979.

And just for the record, there is often confusion between the terms radiologic technologist and technician. Though they may be used interchangeably, and some organizations say the difference is that a technologist has somewhat more training and is able to perform more imaging procedures, others insist the difference is that a tech repairs and manages the equipment.

Photo by National Cancer Institute on Unsplash

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