Trauma can be both a medical and psychological event in the eyes of children and families experiencing injuries. Pediatric nurses have an opportunity, and many of the basic skills, to make a difference in how children and their families experience injury and the medical care they receive. By integrating an understanding of traumatic stress reactions into their routine interactions with children and families, nurses not only reduce the impact of difficult or frightening medical events but also help children and families cope with emotional reactions to their injury.
To help nurses build additional skills in how to provide trauma informed care, the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress is now offering free continuing education courses. These courses are based on the “DEF Protocol” which helps nurses address distress, emotional support, and family needs in a systematic manner.