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Nursing issues
Preventing post-traumatic stress disorder and supporting the mental health of hospital nurses: interventions and innovations
  1. Leah Hughes1,2,
  2. Joanne Michelle McPeake2
  1. 1Intensive Care Unit, Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, UK
  2. 2School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing, University of Glasgow, Glagsow, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Joanne Michelle McPeake, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing, University of Glasgow, Glagsow G12 8QQ, UK; joanne.mcpeake{at}

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Liyanage, S. Addison, S. Ham, E. and Hilton, N.Z. (2021) Workplace interventions to prevent or reduce post-traumatic stress disorder and symptoms among hospital nurses: A scoping review. Journal of Clinical Nursing 00:1-11

Implications for practice

  • A shared approach between policymakers, organisations and healthcare staff is required to prevent and support those at risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the workplace.

  • More research focusing on the prevention and management of PTSD in nurses is urgently needed.


Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs following exposure to traumatic events. It is recognised that nurses are at risk of developing PTSD or its symptoms. This can be attributed to several work-related reasons, including witnessing or directly experiencing trauma in the workplace, such as workplace violence, or the repeated exposure to the trauma suffered by those in …

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  • Funding This study was funded by the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (University of Cambridge) (307748-01/PD-2019-02-16).

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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