PTSD in Nurses:
A Rising Phenomenon
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
working in critical care suffer from PTSD at some point in their professional life.
About 20-28% of nurses
Traumatic events happen without warning, leaving little time for mental preparation.
Life hangs on a balance and one second can mark the difference between life and death.
Seeing patients suffer or pass away can have a great impact on the nurses.
What Makes Nurses Susceptible?
The Intensive Care Unit is an emotionally charged environment.
Caring for extremely sick patients can take a toll on one's emotions.
Bonds with Patients
Constant monitorinig and recording keeps nurses alert at all times.
Nurses become attached to their patients as well as the patient's family.
ICU Nurses vs General Nurses
Differences in Psychological Effects
These results shed light on the increasing issues in the ICU nursing field.
of general nurses displayed symptoms of PTSD
of critical care nurses displayed symptoms of PTSD
Finding a Solution:
Tips to Cope
Exercise: releases endorphins
Having a support group willing to listen
Seek professional counseling
Most importantly, don't be afrain to ask for help. Be aware of the resources at your disposal and tackle PTSD head on.
Mindful breathing and meditation