Specializes in Mental Health. Has 26 years experience.
Although being trauma-informed is an assumed philosophical underpinning within the nursing profession, there is little evidence demonstrating the expanse of such claims in various aspects of nursing knowledge and practice. Furthermore, being trauma-informed may seem more relevant to certain specialties, such as psychiatric nursing or critical care. Since nurses may be affected by others’ traumatic experiences as well as their own; and may retraumatize patients through their own actions and biases, it is imperative that all nurses are trauma-informed (10).