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Social Justice Movie Night: Suicide Among the Nursing Profession - Understanding Why

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2.4 CE credits
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Mental Health
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Mental Health

Sandee Mendelson, a pediatric ED trauma nurse shares in a TED Talk format the unseen realities of nursing. She brings to light the cost of caring from an insider’s view of our selfless profession.  After the 11 min video special guest, Carla Pendley, will tell us about her daughter and their journey. We will then move into our panelists discussion which we are super excited to have these nurse leaders, nursing experts on our topic.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss risk factor for suicide during the holiday season
  • Identify signs and symptoms of suicide ideation
  • Recall suicide prevention resources in Kentucky


Denise Beach MS, BSN, RN

Public Health Director III at Hopkins County Health Department

Hopkins County Health Department 2000-Present Public Health Director III-9 years Responsibilities: • Serve as Chief Executive Officer • Direct supervision of the management team • Plan and implement a budget for the department • Write contracts and grants for department • Oversee all of the departmental finances • Assure that the 10 essential public health services are incorporated into practice • Serve as Human Resources Director • Promote health promotion and prevention and emergency preparedness operations • Serve as Public Information Officer • Act as Chief Health Strategist for the community

Sarah Schirmer
Sarah Schirmer DNP, M Ed., APRN, PMHNP-BC

Assistant Professor at University of Louisville School of Nursing

Sarah Schirmer serves as a Assistant Professor at University of Louisville School of Nursing from 2019 to the present. Her expertise is in psychiatric and mental health advanced nursing practice and research.

Sheila Schuster PhD

Executive Director of the Kentucky Mental Health Coalition

Sheila Schuster, PhD. is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her graduate degrees in Psychology from Purdue University and the University of Louisville. For over twenty years, she was a child clinical psychologist in private practice in Louisville, providing psychological services and consultation to youth, families, schools, courts, and community agencies. Dr. Schuster is currently the Executive Director of the Kentucky Mental Health Coalition which was founded in 1982 and is comprised of nearly 70 mental health/substance abuse/human services organizations representing consumers, family members, advocates, service agencies and providers.

Susan Rogers
Susan Rogers MA, BS

President - Chloe's Petals for Hope

Susan Rogers serves as a Mental Health Advocate with Chole’s Petals of Hope from 2020 to present. She is the founder, president, and marketer of suicide and mental health awareness non-profit.

Lee Anne Walmsley
Lee Anne Walmsley PhD, MSN, RN

Coordinator of the Second Degree Option; Instructor; Classroom and Clinical - University of Kentucky College of Nursing

Lee Anne Walmsley PhD, MSN, RN Lee Anne Walmsley is an assistant professor, director of work-life and student wellness and military & veteran student liaison at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing. She has more than 40 years of clinical and academic experience. Lee Anne has a doctorate in nursing, a Doctor of Education, a Master of Science, and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the UK.

CE Information

This activity offers 2.4 CE credits to attendees.

Accredited by Kentucky Nurses Association - A Kentucky Board of Nursing provider. The KBN approval of an individual nursing continuing education #1-0001-12-23-21.

KBN Approval.  This offering for contact hours is provided by the Kentucky Nurses Association (KNA). Kentucky Nurses Association (KNA) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN). KBN Provider Number: 1-0001.  KBN CE Providership Approval through December 31, 2023.  KBN approval of an individual continuing nursing education provider does not constitute endorsement of program/offering content. 50 minutes = 1.0 KBN Contact Hour.


Originally offered November 8, 2023. Please be aware any interactive elements of the presentation were only applicable during the live viewing. 

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