Care of the Psychiatric Patient on Medical-Surgical Units

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Tuesday, June 23
Noon to 1 p.m.

Register on or before Monday, June 22, to ensure delivery of instructional materials.

Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join. Invite colleagues to join you — one connection per facility is encouraged.

This complimentary webinar is being offered through a generous contribution from MHA Management Services Corporation.


critical access hospital CEOs; directors of nursing, social work, patient safety, security, quality, compliance and psychiatric units; and nursing personnel

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Caring for a patient with a primary physical condition also experiencing a comorbid psychiatric or substance use condition can be a challenge. Learn ways to balance medical care and psychiatric needs in a safe, practical manner. Suggestions for identifying risk of harm, adapting the physical plant and caring for employees will be shared.


At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • discuss ways to assess harm risk and develop individualized plans of care focusing on safety
  • identify safety processes and physical plant considerations to optimize care
  • discuss options for educating and supporting staff caring for those with comorbid mental health conditions


Kristen Brantley, BSN, R.N.
Nurse Manager
Springfield, Mo.

Kristen Brantley is a board certified medical-surgical nurse with more than 10 years of experience. Brantley has served in her current role for three years as the nurse manager of a medical-surgical unit that specializes in substance abuse and 'medical psych' — psychiatric patients who require medical management. This has afforded her the chance to serve on systemwide committees that help bridge the gap between traditional medical care and psychiatric care, and encourage a consistent approach throughout the organization. Brantley enjoys the challenge this unique opportunity provides, and is dedicated to helping staff deliver safe, therapeutic care to psychiatric patients in the medical setting.

Dayna Harbin, MSN, R.N., B.C.
Administrative Director — Psychiatric Services
Springfield, Mo.

Dayna Harbin is a board certified psychiatric and mental health nurse with more than 30 years of experience caring for acute care psychiatric patients. For the past seven years, she has had the privilege of serving as the administrative director for psychiatric services and leader of the mental health service line at CoxHealth Systems. CoxHealth recognizes the importance of integrating mental and physical health across its multiple campuses and locations. Working with medical partners of all disciplines to improve care across the continuum has been one of the most satisfying accomplishments in her current role. Harbin is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, MHA Psychiatric Network and serves on the Board of Directors for NAMI of SW Missouri.