Why Creating a Trauma-Informed Environment is Crucial to Helping Traumatized Nurses Heal

For nurse and hospital leaders to help their nurses handle and heal from trauma, they must create a trauma-informed culture. A trauma-informed program, system, or person has a knowledge and understanding of trauma and its far-reaching effects, which, in some nurses is caused by seeing patients die; tending to patients who can’t get relief from symptoms; patient and family aggression; feeling overextended because of inadequate nurse-to-patient ratios; frustration; and helplessness, according to a 2017 study.

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