ICU Hospital Nurses Have Very High Rates Of PTSD


MEDICAL COMPANIES COULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR FAULTY DEVICES. THE MAKER OF ESURE SAYS THAT DEVICE IS SAFE. 20% OF IRAQ VETERANS SUFFER POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER. HOSPITAL NURSES HAVE EVEN HIGHER RATES OF PTSD. NOW RESEARCHERS IN COLORADO ARE STUDYING THE ISSUE IN HOPES OF EASING THAT PAIN. KATHY WALSH IS HERE. I THINK WE’VE ALL KNOWN THAT NURSING CAN BE STRESSFUL. NOW WE KNOW HOW STRESSFUL. ABSOLUTELY. IN THE ICU, NURSES DEAL WITH CRITICALLY ILL PATIENTS, FAMILIES IN CRISIS, AND DEATH. WITH ALL THAT STRESS, MANY ARE OPEN TO LEARNING HOW TO BETTER COPE. WE’RE JUST GONNA CHANGE YOUR POSITION, DEAR, OKAY? Reporter: FOR 12 YEARS, JESSICA HAS BEEN A REGISTERED NURSE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO HOSPITAL, WORKING 12-HOUR SHIFTS IN THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT, CARING FOR THE SICKEST PATIENTS. THERE IS NO TYPICAL DAY IN THE ICU. WE SEE A LOT OF PAIN AND SUFFERING. AND DEATH. Reporter: IT LEADS TO BURNOUT AT TIMES. AND SOME OF THE SYMPTOMS OF POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER. STUDIES SHOW 20% TO 28% OF CRITICAL CARE NURSES SUFFER FROM PTSD. WHICH IS IN LINE WITH WHAT YOU SEE WHEN SOMEONE RETURNS FROM THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN OR IRAQ. Reporter: PLD MEREDITH MUELLER SUFFERS THE EFFECTS OF PTSD ON NURSES. IT SEEMS LIKE NURSES ARE GOOD UP UNTIL ABOUT YEAR 6, AND THEY TEND TO LOOK FOR LESS STRESSFUL POSITIONS OF Reporter: KNEELER AND OTHERS LAUNCHED A PILOT PROGRAM TO TEACH RESILIENCY. 13 NURSES AT UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS EXERCISED, PRACTICED MINDFULNESS, AND GOT COUNSELING FOR WORK TRAUMA. IF THEY’RE NOT DEALING WITH DISTRESSING THOUGHTS, OBVIOUSLY THE PATIENTS ARE GONNA BE BETTER CARED FOR WERE Reporter: NOW THE HOPE IS TO EXPAND THE RESILIENCY PROGRAM FOR NURSE, KNOW HOW LONG IMPORTANT IT IS TO CARE FOR THE CAREGIVERS. THEY HOPE TO SECURE A GRANT TO REFINE THAT RESILIENCY TRAINING PROGRAM AND STUDY A LARGER GROUP OF DENVER AREA NURSES. IS ANYONE BEING RELEASED

14 thoughts on “ICU Hospital Nurses Have Very High Rates Of PTSD

  1. Wow, this is so sad. It's great that they're getting resiliency training. Hypnosis could be another great addition to their training protocol. 🙂

  2. I loved when the news reporter said "if you have a loved one being discharged, thank the staff. they are angels on earth" I am a nursing major in pre-reqs, and I want to work in ICU as a new grad.

  3. As a 10 year nurse in icu, the nurses I've seen leave simply don't care for the job. They are gung-ho in school, then after 2 years, they are tired of yuck, whining and dealing with burned out doctors, they would rather be somewhere else. Or a 22 yr old starts the job and, 3 years later, she's pregnant again and wants better hours for family life. If you become a nurse for any reason other than helping patients who are in delerium, in uncontrollable pain, have rotting wounds or comforting families of dying 20 yr olds, you need to pick something else to do.

  4. I am a retired soldier, disabled veteran, and a VA Volunteer at my local VA Hospital. One of the areas I spend time in is our MICU. My hat is off to our nurses. They do a great job in a very stressful environment. I typically spend around 10 hours each weekend with our hospitalized veterans. I work one-on-one with our most severely sick and injured patients. The stress level is unbelievable but I carry on as this is what a retired NCO should be doing.

  5. I have zero empathy for nurses they do NOT provide the same quality of treatment for ALL patients regardless of gender, racial or ethnic makeup or economic level. Nurses are pseudo elitists who have little or no genuine care or concern about healing the sick it's all about money and social status with them. Nurses can STFU and GTFO with their snobby self-righteousness and pseudo elitism.

  6. I wish we nurses could tell annoying family members to fuck off. Sometimes is not the patient that’s bad is the family.

  7. I don’t know how anyone could handle being an icu nurse. Just having to deal with patients at there worst , traumatized families and so many deaths. They truly are such amazing people.

  8. mostly due to full code patients that should be dnr but the family wants everything done. so youre left to torture them until they code 90 times and die.

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