• To be aware of the long-term mental and physical effects of adverse childhood experiences
• To understand the importance of adopting a trauma-informed approach to nursing care
• To recognise how self-care can support nurses to deliver compassionate and safe nursing care
World events, such as the conflict in Ukraine, the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, have highlighted the effects of trauma and adverse childhood experiences on children and young people. Adverse childhood experiences can lead to suboptimal health and risk-taking behaviours during adolescence and adulthood, while multiple adverse childhood experiences can manifest as complex trauma, toxic stress, anxiety or depression across a person’s lifespan.
This article discusses adverse childhood experiences and the concept of trauma-informed care, which involves recognising and understanding the negative events that have affected a person and how these relate to suboptimal health. The author suggests that developing resilience and using self-care strategies can support nurses to adopt a trauma-informed approach to care. This can assist them to recognise, understand and reflect on the effects of adverse childhood experiences in themselves as well as in their patients. The author also outlines a hybrid approach to debrief that can support staff to manage stressful situations and challenging workplace experiences.
Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2022.e1422Peer review
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Davies JA (2022) Supporting children’s nurses to deliver trauma-informed care. Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2022.e1422
Published online: 08 August 2022
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