PTSD

Helping nurses cope with postcode stress

Understanding how nurses cope following the death of a patient after CPR may help identify nurses most at risk for postcode stress and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to new research published in the American...

Helping patients who harm themselves

Why would someone deliberately hurt herself? The notion might seem odd—but as a nurse, you may encounter patients with signs of selfinjury (also called cutting, selfinflicted violence, self-harm, or self-mutilation). Cutting the skin is the most common form of self-injury. Other forms include...

Trigeminal nerve stimulation may help PTSD

According to a study in Neuromodulation, external stimulation of the trigeminal nerve resulted in significant improvements posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression severity over 8 weeks. Read more and read the study abstract

Avoidance decision-making style can lead to PTSD in families of ICU patients

Family members who make major medical decisions for relatives in an ICU may suffer posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) if they cope by avoiding the situation, according to a study in Critical Care Medicine. Read...

Nurses answer the call to enhance veteran and military health

Nursing has a long history of caring for wounded soldiers. Perhaps most famously, Florence Nightingale served as chief nurse in the Crimean War (1854). Nightingale was called “The Lady with the Lamp” because she...
Two years after the Sandy Hook tragedy, PTSD remains

From our readers: Two years after the Sandy Hook tragedy, PTSD remains

As my family got through the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, I have felt the need to share what is happening in the community with my nurse colleagues to show...

PTSD doubles diabetes risk in women

Women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are nearly twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared with women who don't have PTSD, according to a study in JAMA Psychiatry. Read more  and read...

ICU Diary: The Gift of Care™

As an ICU nurse you’ve probably encountered the critically ill patient who is experiencing hallucinations, delusions, and confusion. Healthcare providers are learning just how detrimental this state of mind can be to the patient’s...

Special report – War on Pain: Pain management across the military continuum

By Kevin T. Galloway, BSN, MHA; Chester C. Buckenmaier III, MD; and Rollin M. Gallagher, MD, MPH In the military healthcare system, the need for aggressive management of acute pain associated with combat injuries and...

Mantram repetition: A portable, mindful, contemplative practice for the workplace

Have you ever been at work and wanted to be on vacation, instead? Have you ever wished that you could “beam me up, Scotty” and be transported instantly to another place and time? Have...

A powerful question: “Have you ever served in the military?”

To help ensure military veterans get appropriate diagnosis and treatment, ask patients if they’ve ever served in the military.

From your ANA President and ANF Chair

ANA and the American Nurses Foundation are embracing the power of partnerships to advance initiatives that will benefit patients and nurses.

Post-concussive syndrome: What patients and providers need to know

Patients with traumatic brain injuries can suffer from this syndrome for months or even years after injury.