We know the stressors you face every day can sometimes be overwhelming. Focusing on ones’ mental, physical and emotional health is a key strategy in helping navigate difficult times. You are not alone — please take advantage of the resources listed further down this page.
- NURSES have access to supportive coaching sessions with nurse peers through VITAL Worklife™, a national behavior health consulting practice. Nurses who would like to schedule free nurse peer coaching sessions through VITAL Worklife™ can learn more and schedule a session below!
- ALL EMPLOYEES As part of Kootenai Health’s commitment to the well-being of our entire team, we are excited to announce a robust new Employee Assistance Program (EAP)! Beginning Oct. 24, 2022, all employees and their family members will have access to a wide variety of FREE and confidential well-being resources through national behavioral health consulting practice, VITAL WorkLife.
- FREE In-the-moment counseling support, available 24/7
- FREE (3) counseling sessions, per incident
- FREE Nurse Peer Coaching
- FREE Educator Peer Coaching
- FREE Legal and Financial Consultations and Resources
How to Access Your Online EAP Resources:
- Go to vitalworklife.com
- Click on “Member Login”
- Enter Username and Password (will be located on the Kloud HR Well-Being Resources page, Oct. 24)
- When you log on to your Member Website, you’ll find more than 5,000 articles, audio files, online seminars on a wide variety of topics, calculators, legal and financial resources and much more.
- Download the app- visit the Kloud HR Well-Being page for details!
VITAL WorkLife Is Here to Help You Improve Your Life
If you or a family member is facing a challenge, we encourage you to call before the problem gets too large. These resources are available at no cost to you and your family members.
Please don’t hesitate to contact VITAL WorkLife at 800.383.1908 or through the VITAL WorkLife App with any questions or concerns you may have.
Please note: On Oct. 24, 2022 online resources to make new appointments with our current EAP, CompPsych, will discontinue. However, you have a six month period to complete all appointments you may currently have scheduled with your CompPsych provider. What will discontinue is the EAP for new appointments through ComPsych and the access to the online website (trainings, tools, articles and others).
3 Good Things
Three Good Things is the practice of highlighting the positive in your life and how that translates into positive psychology. Kootenai Health is spearheading a 3 Good Things initiative – please look for this online resource for some helpful tips!
PeerRxMed™: No One Cares Alone
PeerRxMed™ is a free, peer-supported program designed to help physicians and others on the care team move toward thriving both personally and professionally.
Apps, Books and Websites Aimed at Physician and APP Well-Being
Reading and Resources
- Studer Well Being Handbook and Toolkit
- The Schwartz Center: Resources for Health Care Professionals Coping with the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Program Books: Resilient Option
- Book: The Psychology of Pandemics: Preparing for the Next Global Outbreak of Infectious Disease, Steven Taylor, Ph.D., R.Psych.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Health Care Professionals Resources
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Healthcare Personnel and First Responders: How to Cope with Stress and Build Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Mental Health America (MHA): The Mental Health of Health Care workers in COVID-19
- Gratitude Practice for Nurses: A Toolkit for Well-Being
The Power of Meditation and Mindfulness
In today’s busy world, useful smartphone apps provide easy access to many resources and tools. Kootenai Health has partnered with companies, Unmind and Headspace, to offer expanded versions of their digital mindfulness resources. All employees can access them through the Virgin Pulse app accessible on your smartphone, the Kloud and Kloudlite.
Doing things you love outside of work is an important avenue to an improved sense of well-being. As an example, Kootenai Health encourages participation in our annual photo contest. These photos reflect the beauty captured in natural spaces, while enjoying the outdoors.
Stan Foster, RN BSN
Hillary Harmon, RN
Autumn in Bayview
Rosie Willy, RN
Need More Resources?
Please visit Kootenai Health’s Resources for Stressful Events page to read further about:
- The Resilience in Stressful Events (RISE) program
- Sample debriefing videos
- Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) intervention protocol developed specifically for dealing with traumatic events