Trauma nurses care for those experiencing life-threatening situations that can result from disasters, whether natural or of human origin. This type of nursing is often identified with emergency department, operating room, and intensive care unit scenarios; however, trauma occurs in all areas of nursing ranging from physicians' offices and labor and delivery centers to hospice care. Having to tell a mother about her newborn's death or realizing that nothing more can be done for the person dying from metastatic cancer can result in trauma for the nurse as well as for the patient.

Unfortunately, another layer of trauma adversely affects nurses. An example of this includes workplace violence such as patients assaulting health care providers, causing high levels of fear and anxiety. On a wider scale, ...

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