Daily Update – May 4, 2020 – 2:45 p.m.
Forrest General Hospital currently has 38 inpatients with COVID-19 illness, with 18 of these patients in the ICU. Highland Community Hospital currently has nine inpatients with COVID-19 illness, with one of these patients in the ICU.
NATIONAL NURSES WEEK
Please join us in thanking and celebrating our nurses this week during National Nurses Week. We are grateful for the service of our nurses each day in caring for our patients. Thank you for all you do! Please go to our Forrest General Facebook page to see how you can send a thank you to our staff.
Pine Grove and the Mississippi Nurses’ Association are Partnering to Present: Coping with COVID, A Mental Health Education and Awareness Program for Nurses
Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, one of the nation’s most comprehensive treatment campuses, and the Mississippi Nurses’ Association (MNA), the professional association for all registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses in Mississippi, are partnering to present an educational webinar series named, Coping with COVID. These weekly, hour-long webinars are on Wednesdays with two sessions per day, the first at 12:00 noon and the second at 4:00 PM, to accommodate nurses with a variety of schedules. For webinar registration information, please visit www.msnurses.org.
These free, educational webinars are providing Mississippi’s nurses with convenient access to important mental health care information from Pine Grove’s professionals regarding self-care strategies and stress management techniques. Debbie Sanford, Administrator of Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services said, “Pine Grove is proud to have a long standing relationship with the Mississippi Nurses’ Association and during this unprecedented pandemic, our state’s nurses are experiencing enormous pressure on the job as front line responders and working in new and unfamiliar health care environments in response to patient care needs. These work place stresses combined with other life changes at home are having a direct impact on Mississippi nurses. Pine Grove cares deeply about helping nurses equip themselves with the necessary tools to help them continue to provide the highest quality patient care.”
The webinars started on April 22, and are scheduled for April 29 and May 6, 2020. All of the webinars included in this six part series are being recorded, and they are available on www.msnurses.org for Mississippi nurses to access. Teresa Malone, Executive Director of the Mississippi Nurses’ Association said, “We applaud all of our Mississippi nurses for their dedication and valor every day. The Mississippi Nurses’ Association and Pine Grove understand the impact COVID-19 has had on our registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses as these heroes continue to work despite anxiety and uncertainty they may feel during this time. We know this webinar series is serving a need our nurses have for relevant and useful mental health care resources.”