A Brief Note On The Emergency Department ( Ed ) And Related Trauma Departments

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Nurses in the Emergency Department (ED) and related trauma departments are exposed to multiple traumatic incidents over the course of the day. A lesser known fact is the amount of nurses currently working in the Emergency Department suffering from psychological trauma as a result of experiencing these traumatic events. According to research conducted by Kathryn T. Von Rueden, repeated exposure to traumatic stressors may result in the development of negative effects such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or PTSD symptoms. PTSD is defined as a mental health condition that’s triggered by a traumatizing event. Rueden’s research explains the connection between nurses caring for trauma patients and the development of Secondary Traumatic Stress or PTSD. Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) is defined as the emotions and behaviors that a person experiences as a result of being exposed to another person’s traumatic experience. David A. Alexander and Susan F. Atcheson found that “48% [of nurses] claimed that they had experienced emotional difficulties due to their trauma work”. In order to limit the development of PTSD in nurses who are consistently exposed to severe traumatic events, the implementation of effective coping methods is needed. Nurses experience a wide variety of traumatic events in the ED that act as catalysts to the development of PTSD. In “The impact of traumatic events on emergency room nurses: Findings from a questionnaire survey”, Jef Adriaenssens, Veronique de…

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