On this special bonus COVID-19 update, Keith interviews Smith F. Heavner-Sullivan, MS, BSN, RN, PCCN, and Ann Blair Kennedy, LMT, BCTMB, DrPH regarding Project COPE (Chronicling healthcare prOviders’ Pandemic Experiences), a mixed-methods ethnography research initiative exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare providers. Project COPE‘s interdisciplinary team crosses three universities, two healthcare systems, and five disciplines: nursing, massage therapy, evaluation science, psychology, and medicine.

Project COPE has been featured on Research Perch; Massage Therapy Without Borders: Shared Knowledge, Shared Experience; and The Thinking Practitioner. More information about these podcasts and articles are available on the Project COPE website.

Prisma Health

Smith Heavner-Sullivan is a registered nurse with 14 years of health care experience and specialized in emergency and critical care nursing. He has worked in small, rural hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and level 1 trauma centers, as a nursing technician and a charge nurse. Smith holds a Master of Science in Applied Health Research and Evaluation from Clemson University and is a doctoral student in the same program. His research spans diverse topics including LGBTQ+ health and workforce disparities, burnout and moral injury, emergency department crowding, dissemination and implementation of emergency department-based public health interventions, and program evaluation. Smith serves as Executive Director of the Center of Excellence in LGBTQ Health and Wellness and Director of the Prisma Health Comprehensive COVID-19 Registry.

University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville

Dr. Kennedy is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. She became a board-certified and a South Carolina licensed massage therapist in 1999 and was in clinical practice prior to pursuing her Doctor of Public Health degree in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior from the University of South Carolina. She completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Human Performance Lab at the USC School of Medicine Greenville in April 2017. Dr. Kennedy’s specific research interests include patient and stakeholder engagement in research, implementation monitoring and process evaluation, integrative medicine, and stress/wellness particularly in health professionals. Finally, she is the Director of the Patient Engagement Studio and the Executive Editor/Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.


DISCLAIMER: In these episodes regarding COVID-19, I reference the most up-to-date information I can, as well as adding personal opinions and reflections from me and my guests. Please note that the situation is changing by the moment, and any information shared in the course of any episode may not apply once new data or evidence emerges. Please also note that nothing shared in the course of any Nurse Keith Coaching COVID-19 podcast is intended for diagnosis or treatment; please consult your healthcare provider, your local Department of Health, the CDC, the WHO, or other reputable evidence-based sources. 

If you hear or read something I have shared that appears to be erroneous, if you can, please send an email me directly at keith@nursekeith.com. Thank you for understanding, stay safe, and keep informed.

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Nurse KeithNurse Keith is a holistic career coach for nurses, award-winning nurse blogger, writer, podcaster, keynote and motivational speaker, and popular career columnist. With two decades of nursing experience, Keith deeply understands the issues faced by 21st-century nurses. From 2012 until its sunset in 2017, Keith co-hosted RNFMRadio, a groundbreaking nursing podcast. Keith’s message of savvy career management and professional satisfaction reaches tens of thousands of nurses worldwide. Keith can be found on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram—as well as at NurseKeith.com.
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