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  1. Owen, Regina D. Lt Col, USAF, DNP, PMHNP-BC
  2. Schimmels, JoEllen LTC, AN, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC, CNE, FAAN


Nursing leaders have voiced concern about the health and well-being of nurses and other healthcare providers during the recovery phase of disaster response after the coronavirus pandemic. There is much that can be learned from the experiences of our military colleagues. Behavioral health military nurses serving on readiness teams have educated leaders on how to apply psychological first aid (PFA) within their units during the recovery phase of disasters. This article will describe how nursing leaders can use PFA to enhance psychological support and resilience in their staff.