Use of Psychological First Aid for Nurses


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Abstract

Individuals exposed to trauma or repeated traumatic experiences are at risk for vicarious traumatization, compassion fatigue, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Psychological first aid (PFA), a technique used to assist trauma-exposed individuals in the psychosocial aspects of recovery, is used worldwide in community settings where disasters occurred. Scant literature exists on the use of PFA for nurses.

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