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Identify Stress and Vicarious, Secondary, Indirect Trauma in Nurses

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Relationships between a healthcare professional and patient can expose staff to the distress and trauma experienced by patients. Nurse caseloads often include patients who have been affected by trauma, abuse, death, and fear, combined with a myriad of other physical and mental health issues.

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<p>The relationship between a healthcare professional and their patient is often very close, and this proximity can expose staff to the distress and trauma experienced by patients. Nurse caseloads can often include patients who have been affected by trauma, violence, abuse, death, and fear, combined with a myriad of other physical and mental health issues. The empathy and the desire to alleviate the pain and suffering of patients can dramatically enhance the connection between patient and nurse. Unfortunately, this connection can have a serious psychological impact on the nurse with long-term consequences if left untreated. Empathic behaviour is associated with </p>

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James Graham is a freelance medical writer with a PhD in neuroscience. After 5 years of being a post-doctoral research scientist, James left the UK in 2014 and set up his own freelance medical writing business, Craftext, on the Gold Coast. James writes for a diverse stable of clients and has quickly accrued experience across a number of different medical and scientific topics as well as writing in a broad range of styles and formats.
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This article is useful for reinforcing the need for reflection and time for one self doing things that help refill your emotional cup.
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Aimee Sing
26 May 2020
I have undertaken some significant training in trauma and strategies to deal with vicarious trauma, and I found this resource to be a great way of reviewing and reinforcing that content.
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25 Apr 2022
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A helpful topic covered for health care workers.
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05 Jun 2022
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Robyn Smith
05 Apr 2021
Great information so valuable for your mental health toolbox
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David Stone
30 May 2020
Excellent resource!
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Jacqui Simao
23 Jul 2021
Compassion for others must always be balanced with compassion for self.
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20 Apr 2020
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