• Alaska State Trooper Critical Incident Response Team and Peer Support Program Development

      Miller, Cari (2015-12-01)
      Law enforcement officers experience enormous job-related stress burdens in comparison to other career fields. Officers routinely encounter stressful situations from sources specific to their occupation, particularly their frequent exposure to dangerous situations, violence, and witnessing human suffering and depravity. Negative effects of occupational stress are exhibited in physical, physiological, emotional, and psychological changes. Law enforcement stress management programs are developed to provide resources to offset the negative effects, provide positive coping strategies to reduce stress, and increase the officer’s quality of life. This project developed program documents, policies, and procedures for the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) and Peer Support Program (PSP), for the Alaska State Troopers utilizing best practice recommendations. The CIRT supports troopers immediately following critical incidents, such as violent crimes, homicides, suicides, or officer involved shootings. The PSP operates in nonimmediate ways, helping troopers who experience difficulty coping, in the long-term, with occupational stress.
    • Fostering Professional Quality of Life in Nurses: An Online Curriculum

      Green, Kari (University of Alaska Anchorage, 2016-05-01)
      The nursing profession is based on compassion toward others, with inherent risks and rewards for nurses. The cost of caring is even more prevalent within the context of the current healthcare crisis. Despite implications at the personal, professional, and larger healthcare system level, little effort is being directed toward mitigating these negative effects. The efficacy of self-care and mindfulness practices is promising, yet succinct tools are not readily available. An online curriculum was created to promote awareness, provide evidence-based education, and encourage application of self-care and mindfulness practices for nursing students, practicing nurses, and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to help mitigate the negative effects of compassion fatigue and positively impact professional nursing quality of life. Overall, there was a positive response based on relevance, practicality, and satisfaction from users, as evidenced by responses on a post-completion survey.