What is it about?
Psychiatric nurses and other psychiatric staff shared their thoughts on workplace violence and what it is like to hear and see their patients’ suffering. We found that the negative effects of traumatic events and vicarious exposure were often made worse by the lack support offered to psychiatric workers by their organizations.
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Why is it important?
Most people with mental disorders are not violent, and some have experienced violence in their own lives. Staff wellbeing is negatively affected not only by direct exposure to violence but also by indirect exposure through their patients’ traumatic life histories. Workplace mental health support is important for all psychiatric staff, regardless of level of exposure
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This page is a summary of: Beyond Workplace Violence: Direct and Vicarious Trauma among Psychiatric Hospital Workers. A Qualitative Study, Journal of Nursing Management, July 2021, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/jonm.13420.
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TRAUMA AMONG PSYCHIATRIC WORKERS-A Research and Knowledge Translation Project Includes research results, awareness posters, informational videos about PTSD for staff and managers, recommendations for organizations and employee representatives and resources for staff
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Trauma among Psychiatric Workers: A Research and Knowledge Translation Project
Psychiatric hospitals can be rewarding places to work, but the work can also be stressful. The Trauma among Psychiatric Workers project ran surveys, interviews, and focus groups at psychiatric hospitals in Ontario, Canada. See our research outputs here.
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