Psychological Trauma in the Clinical Setting: Prevention and Support

Psychological Trauma in the Clinical Setting: Prevention and Support

Attendees will discuss the experiences of undergraduate student nurses who have witnessed critical patient events in the clinical setting. Critical events include events such as patient death, trauma, emergency care, traumatic delivery, emergency surgery, etc. The presenter will describe student accounts of preparation and support, student psychological trauma prevention, and the process of psychological recovery. Suggestions for preparing students to witness such events, and methods for supporting students before, during, and after critical events will be discussed.


Tiffany L. Hood, PhD, RN, CNE

Dr. Tiffany L. Hood is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. She has been a nurse for 22 years working in emergency nursing, operating room, pediatrics, cardiology, and mental health, and was also a hospital educator. She began teaching in academia in 2013 and currently teaches in the ADN and BSN programs.