A Friendly Reminder from NWA Psychiatry

The coronavirus pandemic has affected us in many ways, but we still have choices. The staff at Northwest Arkansas Psychiatry reminds us that positivity has power, even during this difficult time.

What’s positive about your day during this time of crisis?

“Positivity is a big deal during this time. When people are able to come in we get the chance to make them smile, even with masks on. Something like that during a time like this can change someone’s whole day to a happy one.”

-Hannah Lloyd-Jones, Patient Care Assistant

“I am thankful for the opportunity to work when so many are not. Being able to see patients and give support to patients and other health care providers keeps me going. To see the support they are giving others and the amazing resilience of so many people encourages me and gives me hope for the future.”

– Dr. Lance Foster, Psychiatrist

What’s good about your day?

“Being able to help patients who are anxious during this crisis.”

-Jenny Gilreath, Nurse

“That we can be available to our patients via phone, video or in person.”

-Kristen Turnbull, Clinic Manager

“That we remain open to help our patients.”

-Brendi Burson, Patient Care Assistant

What encourages you right now?

“I am encouraged by working with a team that has rolled with the punches and made the best of a difficult situation. To see them come in each day with a smile and to hear them joke with one another and our patients has been great.”

-Dr. Randall Staley, Psychiatrist

“Being able to continue to provide care/support to our patients, whether it be through telemedicine or in person, has been a positive aspect during the crisis. It has been encouraging to see the community come together in a time of need. The support we have seen as healthcare works has been inspiring.”

-Brittany Seifert, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse

How can we encourage others?

“By reminding them that while our lives are changed by the current circumstances, we can still live our life with purpose, meaning and kindness toward one another.”

-Kristen Turnbull, Clinic Manager

“We need to be there for one another. Reach out when we see that someone is having a difficult day. Do something each day to make people smile.”

-Dr. Randall Staley, Psychiatrist

“Reminding them that this is not permanent, and encouraging finding new ways to remain connected to their community, friends and family. Reach out to people — even a simple text saying  ‘how are you?’” can give comfort in isolation.

-Jenny Gilreath, Nurse

”By keeping a positive attitude and smiling :)”

-Shawn Reeve, Scribe

“Giving others support in the big things, but also in small things and simple kind acts gives others hope and encourages them to pass it on by letting them know that we are in this together.”

– Dr. Lance Foster, Psychiatrist

How do you take care of yourself?

“Do something for yourself that you’ve wanted to do but never had the time.”

-Sierra Fenix, Patient Care Assistant

“Remain calm and practice deep breaths.”

-Brendi Burson, Patient Care Assistant

“Stay connected to others. Call people. Stay in contact with people you enjoy. We can be aware without being overwhelmed.”

-Nick Hopkins, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse