Subjects That Matter Most

Mental Health Series


Tertiary Learner Mental Health: The Development of a National Framework
April 5, 3:00 PM Central
Presenter: Suzie Bartlett, RN, Dip Comp Nur, MHEd, DPP, Principal Lecturer in the School of Nursing at Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand
Due to the escalating numbers and acuity of learner presentations related to poor mental health in the tertiary environment, this work-based project to address this public health issue is not only timely, but critical. Suzie’s motivation for researching tertiary learner mental health was her personal experiences of distressed learners. Her practitioner thesis demonstrates that colleagues nationally are faced with learners presenting in similar distressing situations. The impact of this work is to inject much needed support for tertiary learners, that can be accessed prior to them becoming distressed to avoid crisis presentations. Suzie's Doctorate of Professional Practice research saw educators share with her their personal experiences with distressed learners through semi-structured interviews. All data was analysed by engaging with a thematic approach to reveal three overarching key themes: resilience; environment; and mental ill-health. The Safe MINDed Mental Health Accreditation framework was developed by Suzie as a result of her doctoral research. The framework opens a space to create national and international positive change in creating a stigma-free culture associated with mental ill-health of learners and to heighten their wellbeing. This support is twofold; implementation of primary support which learners can access through presenting to Student Support Services, and secondary support through workforce education that will aid staff within tertiary institutions to have the confidence and the tools to assist and triage distressed learners effectively.


Save the Date - New Mental Health Webinar presented by Sharleen Jahner
May 18, 4:00 PM Central


Cultivating Emotional Wellness In Rural Communities
June 14, 2:00 PM Central
Presenter: Whitney Fear, PMHNP, Family HealthCare, Fargo, ND
Despite rural communities experiencing mental health and substance use issues at rates comparable to their urban counterparts, there exists a lack of the resources to match the needs of these communities. The National Rural Health Association has identified the following issues as contributing to the lack of comprehensive mental health services in rural areas: accessibility, availability, affordability and acceptability (Rural Health Information Hub, 2021). Residents of rural areas are no strangers to the experience of having less or none at all of what is available in urban areas in general. The tenacity of these rural communities to do much with less may be one of their greatest strengths. By identifying the most pressing needs of these rural communities, and tapping in to the resilience that already exists within the communities, health care/human service providers can begin to develop creative and effective solutions to serve these rural populations.


Save the Date - New Mental Health Webinar presented by Tamara Keefner
July 13, 2:00 PM Central


Mental Health Promotion and Psychosocial Support via AM/FM Radio Program in the Semi-Urban and Rural Province of Antique in the Philippines
August 9, 6:00 PM Central

In this webinar, one of the concept creators and hosts of the mental health promotion and psychosocial support via AM/FM radio program called “Kasulhayan” will share the background, the objectives, the preparations, and the running of this mental health radio program. The evaluation of this mental health nursing intervention will also be shared during the Zoom webinar. 


Rural Nurse Q&A

Live Q&A with Patricia Gilley
May 12, 2:00 PM Central

Presenter: Patricia 'Trish' Gilley, RN, Rockingham County, North Carolina in the United States
Trish has been working as a rural nurse in her hometown of Rockingham County for over 36 years. Her experiences include oncology, cardiac rehabilitation, and cardiac intensive care step down unit. She serves her home community where she facilitates access to medical and mental health services for residents who are struggling financially and helps residents access services for food insecurities, transportation needs to appointments, medication assistance, housing, and health education.

Join this live Q&A to hear Trish share her experiences as a rural nurse and answer any questions that you may have about what it is like to live and work in rural communities.
To submit your questions for Trish to answer during the webinar, please click here and send that to us by May 5th. 


International Rural Nursing Conference (IRNC) - Save the Date

July 25-28, 2023 | Carnegie Hotel | Johnson City, Tennessee

GRNEN's World Tour Podcast takes you on a tour of global rural and remote healthcare communities around the globe.

Episode 1: Canada

Judith C. Kulig, BScN, PhD, joins host Samuel Mann to discuss the role of the nurse in Canada, the challenges of the environment, and her proudest moment as a rural nurse.
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Episode 2: Australia
Australian healthcare expert Jane Mills talks the challenges building a wellness culture in rural communities, workplace burnout, and the healthcare system in her country.
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Episode 3: East Africa
Dr. Oneko joins Sam on this stop of the World Tour to share the realities of rural healthcare in East Africa and why he's hopeful for the future of the profession.
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Episode 4: The United Kingdom
Keith Whiddon discusses the unique landscape of Bishop's Castle, food insecurities, and how the current climate is impacting the mental health of their community.
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Episode 5: Okinawa
Maki Chinen gives a look at the remote islands of Okinawa, their population and healthcare challenges, and what their nursing education structure is like.
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Episode 6: The United States
Audrey Snyder takes listeners through rural communities of the United States and gives a look into what rural nursing is like in this country.
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Episode 7: New Zealand
Mawera Karetai shares what it is like to live and work in her home country of New Zealand.
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To continue the conversation and learning experience, join each respective country's World Tour Community.

2021-2022 Grant Outcome Presentations

Webinar Archives

On-demand sessions previously recorded from our Subjects That Matter Most series.

Building Agility & Fostering Posttraumatic Growth in Rural Care Settings
Presenter: Dr. Tim Cunningham, RN, DrPH, FAAN
Learn about ideas, concepts and practices related to fostering well-being for caregivers and their teams, as well as agility tools designed to build professional resilience and foster space for compassion and love.

Global Rural Nurses: Story Telling - Part 1
Global Rural Nurses: Story Telling - Part 2
Facilitated by Kathy Jourdain and Jerry Nagel
Listen as members of the GRNEN community shares their unique stories of inspiration and hope as we explore the challenges of nursing in rural settings.

A Global Rural Collaboration: Student Nurses Engaging with Community Health Assessment Sustainable Education (CHASE) Model to Reduce Health Disparities
Presenters: Jean Ross, RN, BN, PhD, FCNA and Keith Whiddon, B.Ed
This webinar promotes discussion about community development, models and strategies to reduce health disparities among participants.

Public Health Nursing's Role During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Presenter: Audrey Snyder, PhD, ,RN, ACNP
In collaboration with the Rural Nurse Organization (RNO), GRNEN shares this presentation to provide an overview of public health priorities during the pandemic, describe the role of public health nursing leadership in the community, and apply the role of public health nursing to education of the public during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Finding Your Wellbeing PPE (Personal Protective Emotions)
Presenter: Jeffrey Leichter, PhD, LP and Rich Preussler, MA, LPCC
This webinar addresses the impact of COVID-19 on nurses, identifies key elements of well-being and plan for one change in your self-care, and recognizes opportunities for growth in the midst of challenges during COVID-19.