Healthcare Workers Resources

If you or a loved one is a healthcare worker on the frontlines of the COVID-19 battle, support is available:

JFSC Support for Healthcare Workers
JFCS is offering 15 minute self care check ins. If you need a safe space to talk about current stressors, pandemic related issues, or just vent, JFCS is here to support you as you care for us.

They also offer weekly supportive forums over Zoom for healthcare workers and separate sessions for families of healthcare providers who need support during this time.

CSTS Supporting Families of Healthcare Workers Exposed to COVID-19
Contact with COVID-19 patients, media reports questioning the availability of PPE, and news stories of healthcare workers becoming ill with COVID-19, understandably increase concerns of healthcare workers about contracting the virus or spreading it among family members. This document from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress discusses strategies to help families.

CSTS Sustaining the Well-being of Healthcare Personnel
This document discusses the challenges of and strategies for maintaining well-being during times of crisis.

For Nurses: Managing Stress and Self-Care During COVID-19
Nurses are experiencing pressure, fear, exhaustion, isolation and emotional trauma. This ongoing stress and trauma impacts mental health, safety, and ability to provide the best possible care. Taking steps to manage your stress is just as important as taking care of your physical health.

Pennsylvania Nurse Peer Assistance Program:  (PNAP)
PNAP is an independent, non-profit organization, approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing, dedicated to helping nurses and nursing students deal with substance use and psychological disorders. PNAP has established itself as an experienced, successful, credible monitoring and advocacy program. Although PNAP works closely with the Professional Health Monitoring Program (PHMP) and the State Board of Nursing, PNAP is not a part of the State Board and is not a regulatory agency.

The National Center for PTSD
The world’s leading research and educational center of excellence on PTSD and traumatic stress.

Healthcare Workers and PTSD – The wellbeing and emotional resilience of health care workers are key components of maintaining essential health care services during the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) outbreak. Here you will find information about ways to manage stress during outbreaks such as COVID-19 and how to manage stress in the aftermath of such outbreaks.

Essential Self-Care for Essential Workers [Article]

Better Sleep Means Better Health [Article]
Sleep is a tool that you can utilize to help your body fight off infection, maintain health and perform at its best, which will have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of your patients.