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Critical Incident Stress Management

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When a nurse encounters a critical incident, this can impact their emotional health and even lead to further physical problems. A critical incident is described as an event that is sudden, overwhelming and threatening and encompasses events such as assaults, threats, death and severe injury.

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A nurse's wellbeing is critical to being able to perform their job effectively and provide excellent care. When a nurse encounters an adverse event or critical incident, this can impact their emotional health and even lead to further physical problems. A term to describe these encounters and reactions is critical incident stress (CIS). A critical incident is described as an event that is sudden, overwhelming and threatening and encompasses events such as assaults, threats, death and severe injury.

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Sally Moyle
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Nurse Educator
Sally Moyle is a rehabilitation nurse educator who has completed her masters of nursing (clinical nursing and teaching). She is passionate about education in nursing so that we can become the best nurses possible. Sally has experience in many nursing sectors including rehabilitation, medical, orthopaedic, neurosurgical, day surgery, emergency, aged care, and general surgery.
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Lynn Hancock
25 Nov 2020
great article with good resources
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Karen Innes
28 Dec 2020
A subject that is gaining in relevance with the increased complexity of our clients. Short, interesting and gives some great advice and tools.
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Pamela Boyd
22 Nov 2020
Well done, thank you. We have all suffered a critical stressful incident, it is very important to defuse and debrief the situation, support each other and move forward from blame to learning and so move forward to Best practice.
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Leanne Benson
29 Nov 2020
Good read
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Mary Fowler
18 Nov 2020
Need more like this
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Bina Baniya
20 Mar 2021
Useful
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Yvette Chappell
26 Jan 2021
Great article that breaks down the stigma surrounding critical incident stress.
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Amber Ong
09 Oct 2021
A great resource encompassing all elements of what processes to follow when someone has experienced exposure to a critical incident
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Amber Ong
10 Oct 2021
Really good quick read
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Gwenyth Day
23 Jan 2021
Short and concise. Have the reader insight into what help is available in the work place and how to access this support.
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