Learning for life: mental healthOn 1 Aug 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Life Long Learning and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) are theprocesses by which professionals, such as nurses, develop and improve theirpractice. There are many ways to address CPD: formally, through attending courses,study days and workshops; or informally, through private study and reflection.Reading articles in professional journals is a good way of keeping up-to-datewith what is going on in the field of practice, but reflecting and identifyingwhat you have learnt is not always easy. These questions are designed to helpyou to identify what you have learnt from studying the article. They will alsohelp you to clarify what you can apply to practice, what you did not understandand what you need to explore further. 1. Burn-out occurs where there are excessive demands on: a) Work, strength or resources b) Energy, work or resources c) Energy, strength or resources d) Energy, strength or work 2. Which of the following is NOT a symptom of burn-out? a) Alcohol abuse b) Depression c) High blood pressure d) Anaemia 3. What skills do OH practitioners need to acquire to be heard? a) Marketing b) Presentation c) Accounting d) Clinical 4. How many personality types did Freudenberger identify? a) 2 b) 3 c) 4 d) 5 5. In order to manage food stress what should you drink each day? a) A litre of water b) Anything so long as it’s liquid c) Fruit juice d) Two units of wine 6. How many points are there in the emotional toolkit? a) 3 b) 4 c) 5 d) 6 7. Which phrase best sums up the marketing toolkit? a) It’s about lack of vision b) It’s about thinking out of the OH box into the business that they areoperating in c) It’s about pandering to the client d) It’s about thinking out of the business into OH 8. Speak the right language does NOT mean? a) Communicating effectively at meetings b) Chairing meetings c) Using business language d) Talking medical/clinical matters 9. What is the term for when stress controls you? a) Eustress b) Distress c) Positive stress d) Stress 10. How would you optimise a good night’s sleep? a) Have a glass or two of wine b) Go clubbing until late c) Take your work home to do until you fall asleep d) Keep work out of the bedroom Feedback1 c); 2 d) Although anaemia may result from eating an unhealthy diet!3 a) All these skills are important to the OH nurse but marketing is theone skill we may need to seek more help with. Try the booklet 30 minutes tomarket yourself by Tony Atherton published by Kogan Page 1999 £3.00(www.kogan-page.co.uk). 4 b) Review your knowledge of personality typesin a work and/or psychology book. Discuss with a colleague what type ofpersonality you are. 5 a); 6 c) Each of the five points is veryvaluable, but for the OHP there is also clinical supervision, which should helpwith the emotional aspects of practice. Revise your knowledge of clinicalsupervision in OH practice or read the RCN leaflet Clinical Supervision in theWorkplace: A guide for occupational health nurses, free from the RCN, code no:001 549. 7 b) So often we, as OHPs lose sight of the fact that the businessis there to do something other than look after the health of the workforce, andthat OH is only a small part. Make notes about what you think are the importantaspects of your organisation. 8 d) Are you well versed with the meetingculture? Look in the 30 minute series for a booklet on meetings. 9 b)Review the article on mental well-being at work in the July issue ofOccupational Health and read the RCN leaflet Managing your Stress: A guide fornurses, free from the RCN, code no 001 484. 10 d) Need I say more…? Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.