From the NY Times a video about PTSD after being a patient in ICU. Makes sense to me, but something I never thought about (but then again I have never worked ICU). The end of video discusses how some nurses create a diary for patients to take home to help piece together their ICU stay. Not sure how much time that takes, or what liabilities might arise from a diary, but it is interesting idea.
Jul 27, '13
there are psychological effects from surgery, illness, injury, labor and delivery, etc. It makes sense to acknowledge that these experiences form who we are, in small and large ways.
There is also PTSD experienced by nurses that are witness to horrible events. We are in it with our patients. We are with them during codes, death, and traumatic events, horrible news, etc. We are nearby for all of it and are sometimes the person that families and patients hold onto for support. It is only natural that we, too, are affected by their trauma.
Last edit by MassED on Jul 27, '13