The Impact of Traumatic Stress, Resilience, and Threats to Core Values on Nurses During a Pandemic.
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to understand the traumatic stress and resilience of nurses who cared for patients with COVID-19.
BACKGROUND: Studies have shown a high proportion of healthcare workers are at risk for developing posttraumatic stress disorder after a pandemic. Resilience factors are believed to play an important role in the well-being of healthcare professionals.
METHODS: This was a triangulated mixed methods study; a phenomenological qualitative approach with survey data was used to triangulate the findings, and sensemaking was used as the theoretical framework.
RESULTS: Four themes emerged from the study: 1) phases of traumatic stress response to perceived threats; 2) honoring their sacrifice; 3) professional self-identity; and 4) sustaining resilience in a stressful work environment. Quantitative results on traumatic stress, general resilience, and moral resilience supported the themes.
CONCLUSIONS: The findings will help leaders understand the potential for postpandemic mental health problems and the role of resilience in maintaining well-being.
The Journal of nursing administration
Swavely, D., Romig, B., Weissinger, G., Holtz, H., Alderfer, M., Lynn, L., Adil, T., & Rushton, C. (2022). The Impact of Traumatic Stress, Resilience, and Threats to Core Values on Nurses During a Pandemic.. The Journal of nursing administration, 52 (10), 525-535. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1097%2FNNA.0000000000001194