Vicarious traumatisation
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Vicarious traumatisation

Sarah Little Nurse Manager, Children’s Emergency Department, Starship Children’s Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand

SARAH LITTLE explains why an optimistic outlook can be in short supply when emergency nurses are faced with human suffering, and the personal anguish they may experience as a result of their work

Emergency departments present multiple composite realities providing emergency nurses with rich and textual experiences endorsed by human interaction. Regrettably, emergency nurses also witness cruel and, at times, malicious acts of inhumanity toward others, acts which often result in human suffering.

Emergency Nurse. 10, 6, 27-30. doi: 10.7748/en2002.10.10.6.27.c1076

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