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J Pediatr Nurs. 2012 Aug;27(4):357-65. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2011.04.024. Epub 2011 Jun 24.

Symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder among pediatric acute care nurses.

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Division of Critical Care, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO, USA. czaja.angela@tchden.org

Abstract

In their work, pediatric acute care nurses may encounter traumatic events and be at risk for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This survey-based study examines the potential diagnosis of PTSD among nurses at a tertiary children's hospital with a Level 1 trauma center. Twenty-one percent of respondents had strong PTSD symptoms without significant difference between units. Nurses with potential PTSD had more comorbid symptoms of anxiety, depression, and burnout and were more often considering a career change. Furthermore, symptoms affected not only their work but also their personal lives. Future research should focus upon identifying pediatric nurses with PTSD to provide therapeutic interventions and reducing high-risk events and their potential impact.

PMID:
22703683
PMCID:
PMC3381608
DOI:
10.1016/j.pedn.2011.04.024
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