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Preferred Name

Amelia Uffelman Walton

ORCID

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8930-8498

Date of Award

Spring 2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Educational Specialist (EdS)

Department

Department of Graduate Psychology

Advisor(s)

Eric W. Cowan

Lennis G. Echterling

Angela R. Staton

Abstract

Emergency Departments (EDs) are notoriously unpredictable and high stress environments. ED nurses are regularly exposed to stressful events such as sudden death, trauma, death and resuscitation of children, aggression and violence from patients, and systemic environmental stressors. For some ED nurses, prolonged exposure to these stressors leads to the development of compassion fatigue and burnout, but stigma around seeking support for mental health issues can impede a nurse’s desire to seek treatment. The counseling profession has seen an increased interest in the role that resilience-building strategies can have in negating the deleterious effects of compassion fatigue and burnout in nurses. Licensed professional counselors (LPCs) might be uniquely positioned to provide counseling support to ED nurses, and develop and implement resilience-based programming in the ED that is rooted in peer support, development of positive emotions, and mindfulness.

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Apr 12 2018

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