Sonya Healy and Mark Tyrrell discuss the strategies doctors and nurses think they need to cope with stressful events in emergency departments
Working in emergency departments (EDs) is inherently stressful, and stress caused by events such as witnessed death, elder or child abuse, and aggression and violence can have profound effects on staff. One strategy that can be effective in helping staff deal with such events is critical incident stress debriefing but, as the literature suggests, this is poorly established in ED settings. This article reports the results of a study in three EDs in Ireland of nurses’ and doctors’ perceived needs for debriefing and makes recommendations to improve this area of practice.
Emergency Nurse. 20, 10, 32-37. doi: 10.7748/en2013.03.20.10.32.s8Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer reviewConflict of interest
Received: 28 August 2012
Accepted: 28 November 2012
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