Identify Stress and Vicarious, Secondary, Indirect Trauma in Nurses

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Empathy and the desire to alleviate the pain and suffering of patients can dramatically enhance the connection between patient and worker. Unfortunately, this connection can have a serious psychological impact on the worker, with long-term consequences if left untreated.

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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. 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.


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James Graham
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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01 May 2023
Sue Middleton
15 May 2023
Registered Nurse
Excellent, brief explanation.
Nicole Howard
03 Mar 2021
This article is useful for reinforcing the need for reflection and time for one self doing things that help refill your emotional cup.
Matt Williamson
21 Apr 2023
Registered Nurse
Robin McNicol
26 Apr 2023
Registered Nurse
Good but brief.
Sandi Lord
26 Aug 2021
Very good
suzanne haeusler
08 Jul 2023
Enrolled Nurse
I thought it was a good tool to use
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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Vesna Markovic
21 Aug 2022
Registered Nurse
Good reading. Happy with the reference list for further study and research.
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Colin Gardiner
25 Apr 2022
Registered Nurse
A helpful topic covered for health care workers.
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