Work Learning Program

The Work Learning Program was designed as a way for nurses to further their education and advance their careers, and to prepare these nurses for practice and leadership. The program provides evidence-based support to full-time employees admitted to the Work Learning Program.

The program was designed to:

  1. Create a space in the workplace set aside for learning.
  2. Create a smooth transition from work to work-learning.
  3. Create a sense of belonging by creating work-learning cohorts studying the same content.
  4. Provide program coordination and direct student support.
  5. Offer program commitment to the work-learners.

The program offers extra support such as study room, paid study time, peer tutoring, and bonding activities to full-time health professionals further their education. The program began in Fall 2017 with an RN to BSN cohort. This cohort graduated in August 2019 and participated in the December 2019 graduation ceremony. BH WELL is continuing to partner with the University of Kentucky, UK HealthCare, Eastern State Hospital and the UK College of Nursing on future Work Learning Program cohorts.

                                                     WLP Seminars

 

Johna's Story

“I felt like getting through the BSN program would be pretty stressful while working full time, but when I heard about the Work Learning Program I thought it would be a great opportunity.  Studying with my peers and discussing the class work with people that were going through the same course load was extremely helpful.”

And what did her work colleagues think of the quality of her work while going through the program?

A colleague of Ms. Arnett’s described Johna and her work team this way: “You are so incredibly inspiring, trying and seeing through a new medication that has allowed this patient to go home to their family! I am incredibly grateful to work with each of you and be a part of this innovative work. Pat yourselves on the back - you deserve it!"

Johna Arnette, BSN, RN, completed her BSN August 2019 as part of the inaugural RN to BSN Work Learning Program (WLP) at Eastern State Hospital. She is currently back in the Work Learning Program as a Doctoral student and will begin year 2 of her studies toward a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. She completed her ADN at Bluegrass Community and Technical College Lawrenceburg campus in 2015. As a WLP RN to BSN student in the UK College of Nursing, she completed a research paper on Staffing Requirements in Psychiatric Facilities to Decrease Staff Injury. Her capstone was Aggressive Behavior in Psychiatric Patients and Nursing Interventions. She wanted to do the WLP program because she wanted to work closely with co-workers and be able to lean on them throughout the process. Her areas of interest are psychiatric nurse leadership. While in the WLP program, Johna was promoted to a Patient Care Manager position. She was also inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honors Society in Spring 2019. Johna has been married to her husband, Jeff, since 2016. They have a 14-year-old Border Collie-Australian Shepherd mix named Harley and a cat named Dora who is 5.

 

Youth

 

Learning about mental health isn't just educational, it's also fun! Download one of our coloring books.


 
Learn more about how you can be well!

Adults

 

BH WELL and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) endorse 8 Dimensions of Wellness: financial, social, occupational, intellectual, environmental, physical, emotional, and spiritual. Balancing each of these dimensions can be a challenge. According to the CDC, many chronic diseases are caused by these 4 risk factors: tobacco use, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, and excessive alcohol use. It is important to make healthy habits and take care of yourself, even as an adult juggling many responsibilities. Here, you will find resources that may help you navigate your personal path to wellness.

 


The Dimensions are more than just a team of superheroes, they're also friends, bandmates, and a representation of the SAMHSA-supported 8 Dimensions of Wellness. This comic book series is based on real research with an aim to make learning fun!

BH WELL and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) endorse the 8 Dimensions of Wellness: Emotional, Spiritual, Intellectual, Physical, Environmental, Financial, Occupational, and Social. This page will share some general ideas for practicing various aspects of overall wellness and self care.

Did you know that more than 70% of people who smoke want to stop? That's right! More than 70%. These days, it is easy to become addicted to nicotine by using cigarettes, e-cigarettes (JUUL), snus, and other nicotine products. UK has tobacco treatment specialists, health professionals who have specialized expertise to help you stop. While stopping may seem like a tall mountain to climb, you can succeed. If you are in the more than 70% who want to stop using nicotine products, here are some tips.

When college students take care of their psychological well-being, they show greater student engagement, persistence, and performance. Mindful acceptance, social support seeking, and sleep and eating habits predict overall well-being. Here you will find resources geared towards college students below to help you take care of your behavioral health!

Taking care of one's mental and behavioral health is always important, and especially so for older adults. Here you will find resources, including ideas to support mental health, geared toward older adults.

Self Care

Self-care encourages you to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself so that you can transmit the good feelings to others. You cannot give to others what you don't have yourself. While some may misconstrue self-care as selfish, it's far from that.  It means that you are simply being mindful of your own needs, so you are better able to support the people you care about. When you take care of yourself and are not stressed, you are better able to meet the needs of others. Self-care comes in a variety of forms.  Self-care relies on increased self-awareness, which can benefit people who are living with a  mental illness. Practicing self-awareness can help you to recognize patterns in your emotions, including events or situations that can trigger worsened symptoms. 


Learning about mental health isn't just educational, it's also fun! Download one of our coloring books.

Check out our resources for adults, including college students, regarding self-care and fun ways to support good behavioral health!

Health care providers play a central and critical role in improving access and quality health care for the population. It is important for providers to take time to care for themselves in addition to caring for their patients.

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UK CON BSN Dec. 2019 Graduates

BH WELL Research Interns Graduate

 

BH WELL congratulates UK College of Nursing December 2019 graduates Rachel Kinnard, Sophie Matheson, and Mady Strong. During their undergraduate program at the College of Nursing, Rachel and Mady went to Macau, China to learn about nursing care in Macau. Sophie and Mady were also BH WELL research interns during their undergraduate nursing program.

Congratulations go to each of them for a job well done!

Secondary Traumatic Stress

Secondary traumatic stress is the emotional duress that results when an individual hears about the firsthand trauma experiences of another.


UK's Center on Trauma & Children has created evidence-based tools to screen for various forms of Secondary Traumatic Stress. Take one of their brief screeners here.

Secondary Traumatic Stress can take numerous forms. Here, we focus on research about compassion fatigue among psychiatric nurses. This phenomenon has emerged as a detrimental consequence of work-related stress among nurses. Compassion fatigue affects the job performance, and emotional and physical health of nurses.

RAPID

RAPID is an inaugural Research and Practice Initiatives Day (RAPID). As part of an academic-clinical partnership, the intent of RAPID was to advance education, enhance staff development, support research, and improve patient outcomes.


See one of the past agenda's here.

 

Evidence Based Practice

An evidence-based practice is any practice that relies on scientific and mathematical evidence to form strong inductive or deductive arguments for guidance and decision-making.


Eastern State Hospital research council.

RAPID is an inaugural Research and Practice Initiatives Day (RAPID). As part of an academic-clinical partnership, the intent of RAPID was to advance education, enhance staff development, support research, and improve patient outcomes.

Educational Materials

 

Tailored tobacco treatment educational materials are available to health professionals. These materials will serve as aids to health professionals working with anyone who wants to stop smoking and stop using other nicotine products. These resources were specifically designed to support individuals living with mental and behavioral health challenges who want to stop smoking and who want to stop using other nicotine products.


This policy brief summarizes tobacco treatment policies and practices for Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) in Kentucky. CMHC's provide services to people living with mental illness. Based on CDC estimates, adults with mental illness consume about 41% of all tobacco products. 

Here you will find training materials related to the effects of tobacco use. This includes presentations by Dr. Okoli and a testimonial of a teenage Juul user from North Carolina.

These additional resources include the Stanford Tobacco Prevention toolkit, BREATHE's online tobacco treatment specialist training, and a link to the Truth Initiative project.

View tools for health care providers to help patients using tobacco begin tobacco dependence treatment and the tools for those using tobacco who want to quit.

Here you will find media resources including a PSA series about teenage Juul use and a brief KET segment about tobacco dependence treatment being essential to mental health recovery.

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