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Intensive care unit nurses are at increased risk of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, due to their stressful work environment. The disorder of PTSD, often thought of as affecting soldiers who have fought in war, has changed over time with new knowledge. Findings from a conceptual analysis using the Walker and Avant method provide clarification for healthcare professionals and hospital stakeholders to better understand PTSD as it pertains to ICU nurses and its impact on their lives, patient care, and healthcare organizations.
- Review the conceptual definition of PTSD in ICU nurses from trauma experienced in the workplace
- Identify attributes, antecedents, and consequences of PTSD in ICU nurses and the negative impact on the nurse, patients, and the healthcare organization
- Discuss the implications of these research findings on occupational health practice