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America’s Mental Health in Crisis: How We Got Here and What Nurses Can Do

Course Description

The Covid-19 pandemic unveiled a truth nurses have known for decades: we are in the midst of an ongoing mental health emergency. With facilities more overwhelmed than ever, patients in acute psychiatric crisis board in emergency room hallways for days or weeks. Patients without housing are released into the streets without follow-up or treatment plans. Why is there a national shortage of psychiatric beds for patients in crisis? Why is America’s largest mental “health” facility a county jail? This course will chart how we reached the breaking point and what can be done to fix our policies and heal our communities.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this class, participants should be able to:​

  • Describe how the history of psychiatric hospitalization impacts our current national bed shortage
  • Articulate why the criminalization of mental illness has created a public health emergency
  • Explain how state and federal funding priorities deprive communities of adequate mental health resources

Instructor: KB Burnside-Oxendine

Course Details:

This will be a 2-hour online class via Zoom for 2 hours of continuing education credits.

After registering, you will receive an invitation to the Zoom class via email. It is important that you respond to the invitation and register for the Zoom class prior to the day of the class.


CE courses are free to National Nurses United members. Classes are only offered to direct-care and staff RNs.

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