Nursing Education & Events

DIY Tactics: Managing Distress in Response to Traumatic Situations at Work
Saturday, November 14 2020, 9:00-11:00 am, Zoom Webinar,


Objective: Nurses will learn how to execute a variety of DIY psychological tactics to prevent internalization of occupational trauma and to discharge distress stemming from secondary exposure to traumatic situations.

Do you have memories of bad shifts from the past? Are there particular patients or situations that are upsetting and distressing to think about? Ones that hit close to home? Ones that haunt you? These responses to exposure to traumatic events are common for nurses. Fortunately, DIY emotional first-aid tactics can be used to cope. Distress arising from exposure to traumatic situations at work can be deflected and/or discharged by taking advantage of basic neurologically-based strategies. By using these DIY tactics, nurses will be able to discharge emotional distress when it arises, deflect many disturbing occupational experiences so that they do not continue to disturb, and resolve/purge distress that still lingers from past upsetting experiences.     


Cheryl Hart, PsyD, Clinical Psychologist. Specialist in treatment of trauma. Dr. Hart has 15 years of specialty in treatment of anxiety, 13 years of specialty Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) treatment using EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), 10 years of experience working with Labor & Industries (L&I), 2 years of consulting within the federal Disability Determination system, extensive training and professional experience in psychological evaluation and treatment planning (with populations ranging from basic/average people to severely and chronically mentally ill patients), counseling in a Chemical Dependency treatment program, and working with various types of first responders through L&I (more often than not, with severe PTSD, Major Depression, and suicidality). Dr. Hart primarily sees first responders and L&I clients.

Who Should Participate:

Registered Nurses. Due to limited capacity, we are unable to accommodate nursing students at this event.

Registration Deadline: November 10, 2020

Cost: KCNA Members: $20, $40 Nonmembers


•Participants will receive a Zoom link invitation prior to the event.

•Upon evaluation submission, participants will receive a certificate of completion for 2.0 hours that meets the continuing competency requirement for license renewal in Washington State