CasesMed Research Journal
In a trauma facility, it is important that there be training for the healthcare providers that gives them tools to manage their internal reactions to the day-to-day events, as well as create a safe space and encourage a sense of community. For healthcare workers in high-trauma areas- such as the new COVID-19 units, post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) has been on the rise, in 2011, 14% of nurses were diagnosed, in 2019 an estimated 40% of nurses suffer from the disorder. With the small amount of 18% of nurses feeling they are prepared with proficient self-care skills to manage the effects caused from day to day events of the work environment prior to the COVID-19 pandemic that number is expected to rise exponentially. In a perfect world, healthcare providers would be given mindfulness training as they enter their specified career coursework. Once the students graduate, the orientation at the facility could take these trainings and reinforce them throughout the orientation period to emphasize the importance of self-care.