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PTSD in Nurses

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PTSD in Nurses
Tanya Kidd, author

Author: Tanya Kidd

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) gained its recognition from its association with military veterans returning home from war along with the emotional strain they felt as a result of the events they witnessed during their service. Phrases such as “shellshocked,” or “combat fatigue” were used to describe them upon their return. In 1980, the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders identified PTSD as a psychological disorder. Although anyone can experience the disorder, PTSD in nurses is increasing in prevalence, especially when considering the events that have occurred throughout the past year  within the healthcare professions.  

Many people have lost their income, families, homes, and their sense of well-being. Emergency personnel, rescue workers, physicians, and nurses have all voiced how COVID-19 has had a terrible impact on humanity. The increase in hospitalization and death rates has caused a major increase in PTSD in nurses. In this course, we will discuss strategies that promote successful identification and coping mechanisms for PTSD in nurses. 

Course Outline

  1. Introduction 
  2. Overview 
  3. Definition 
  4. Case Study  
  5. Signs & Symptoms of PTSD in Nurses 
  6. Types of PTSD 
  7. Phases of PTSD in Nurses 
  8. Causes of PTSD 
  9. The Effect on Nurses 
  10.  Prevalence of PTSD in Nurses 
  11. Current Therapy
  12. Coping Mechanisms 
  13. Conclusion 
  14. References 

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss the prevalence of PTSD in nurses as well as strategies and coping mechanisms. It will take the average learner 120 minutes to complete.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, the learner will rate 4 out of 5 on the Likert Scale for their ability to:

  1. Identify signs and symptoms of PTSD in nurses.  
  2. Gain an understanding of the causes of PTSD and the impact it has on a nurse’s ability to perform their duties. 
  3. Identify at least 3 coping mechanisms for PTSD in nurses and how they can help their colleagues. 

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts, or any contributors have any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

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Course created on: May 21, 2021

Course Expires on: May 21, 2024

Course Offering: #68