Correlates of post-traumatic growth among nursing professionals: A cross-sectional analysis

Source avec lien : Journal of Nursing Management, 29(2), .

Parmi les professionnels des soins infirmiers, nos objectifs étaient d’examiner (a) les expériences traumatiques déclarées, (b) les différences dans la croissance post-traumatique (c’est-à-dire la croissance psychologique positive après avoir vécu un événement traumatique) par niveau professionnel des soins infirmiers et (c) les covariables démographiques, liées au travail, comportementales et de l’expérience traumatique de la croissance post-traumatique.

Aims Among nursing professionals, our aims were to examine (a) self-reported traumatic experiences, (b) differences in post-traumatic growth (i.e. positive psychological growth after experiencing a traumatic event) by nursing professional level and (c) demographic, work-related, behavioural and traumatic experience covariates of post-traumatic growth. Background Trauma experience among nursing professionals is higher than observed in the general population. Due to the nature of their work environment, workplace trauma rates are particularly alarming. Understanding post-traumatic growth among nursing professionals may guide interventions to enhance well-being. Method A secondary analysis of cross-sectional survey data from nursing professionals (N = 299). Demographic, work-related, behavioural, trauma experience categories and post-traumatic growth variables were examined. Results Advanced practice nurses and clinical nurses reported higher rates of workplace trauma, as compared to nursing assistants. Higher post-traumatic growth scores were associated with having a postgraduate degree, serving the paediatric population and lower frequency of alcohol use. Lower post-traumatic growth scores were associated with being married/widowed, being an advanced practice provider or clinical nurse, working in the intensive care unit and reporting workplace, family/personal stress and undisclosed trauma. Conclusions Nursing professionals have several demographic, work-related, behavioural and traumatic experience-related variables associated with and that explain variances in post-traumatic growth. Implication for Nursing Management Targeted screening and individualized treatment based on nursing professional level should be considered to support trauma recovery and post-traumatic growth.

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