Dd Reflection

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We live in a world where fear and anxiety are common and in some point in our lives we will all witness a traumatic event, however, the way one reacts to trauma can affect him/her in the long-run. Some people are able to cope and progress from the life-threatening event with a fight-or-flight response, which is a natural coping mechanism that protects an individual from harm, while others remain constantly frightened, which leads to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a psychological disorder that is triggered by a traumatic event. This individual becomes irritable, anxious, easily frightened, depressed, and has flashbacks or nightmare of the traumatic event. Some individuals recovery in a 6-month period, while for others it becomes a chronic condition (NIMH, nd.). PTSD was first brought to …show more content…
Each year the VA spends a lot of money towards PTSD research (DeAngelis, 2008). I interviewed a 50-year old woman who works as a Registered Nurse at the Veterans Affairs (V.A) Hospital in San Francisco, California. She has 15 years of experience as a nurse and almost 10 years of working experience at the VA. Prior to working at the VA, she worked in an outpatient clinic and also in the Intensive Care Unit at another hospital. I chose to interview this health care professional because she works in the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit at the VA hospital as one of the charge nurses and she has a lot of experience dealing with PTSD patients, therefore, this topic is relevant to her field of experience. This health care leader has the skill to easily recognize and intervene when there are signs of behavioral changes, which can possibly escalate to a crisis stage. She implements improving holistic care at her workplace through collaborating strategies with other health care providers and the patients family

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