Trauma-Informed Care

Trauma hurts.

Trauma hurts many more people than are able or willing to admit it... and it hurts for long after the initial injury occurs.

As nurses, we will come across people with all experiences of trauma and in all stages of healing. Remember not only that there is hope for healing ( but also that it is a long, hard process that some people may not be ready to undertake.

It's also important to realize that trauma may not be visible. Often the invisible traumas are much deeper, harder to overcome, and harder to recognize because one learns to function with pieces missing. The younger someone is when experiencing trauma, the harder to identify, process, and heal from.

What can you do about trauma? 

It starts with acknowledging ther pervasive quality of trauma. Then understanding the effects trauma has on a person - physical, emotional, and psychological. 

What to do with someone else who has experienced trauma? I found this website helpful. 

Listen. Openly listen to what they have to say. Talking helps.

Learn their triggers. Everyone has them, but they may not even know what they are.

Don't judge.

Don't take over.

Respect privacy and confidence.

Help them find support. 

Take care of yourself!
Secondary trauma is real. You need your own support system.