In many everyday situations, individuals with mental illness face stigma that leads to discrimination. A growing body of evidence suggests that those with mental illness experience disparities in health care and that their medical needs are often overlooked. To help alleviate disparities, nurses are encouraged to advocate and speak out when they suspect discrimination is affecting the quality of care of those with mental illness.
- Review barriers that sustain substance use disorders.
- Discuss the stigma of substance use disorders.
- Review patient cases.
Mr. Wollner is a trained Peer Recovery Coach and Peer Support Specialist working at Prelude Behavioral Services. His role in the PIPBHC grant is to help patients connect with outside resources and help their transition from substance abuse treatment services into stable housing and introduce them to the recovery community. As someone in recovery and a graduate of Prelude himself, Mr. Wollner is able to connect with patients on a personal level and use his own experience to aid them in their early recovery journey. Prior to working at Prelude, Mr. Wollner was a personal trainer and continues to be focused on exercise and nutrition, which he tries to express to all patients. He also leads weekly groups for patients in residential treatment on mindfulness meditation and self-esteem to help patients learn skills they can use when they leave.
Angela Walker, RN
Angela Walker is the Nurse and Grant Manager at Prelude Behavioral Services. She currently supervises the nursing team and grant staff, and is very involved in the grant process. She has had many experiences in the nursing field. She started her healthcare career in a hospital on the OBGYN floor as a surgical technician. In addition, she has gained clinical skills in the areas of Family and Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Orthopedic specialties. Other areas include brain injury rehabilitation and cardiac ICU/telemetry unit. Substance abuse treatment has been a truly rewarding experience, as she has had opportunities to work closely with a population that needs medical and psychiatric care. The most enlightening aspect of her career has been working within the non-profit sector where the originality of ideas can flourish. She believes it creates endless possibilities to help those who struggle with substance use disorder.
Her favorite Nightingale quotes:
‘Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses… we must be learning all of our lives’…
‘In fear, nothing can be done.’
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