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Joplin Responders Highlight the Need for CISM & An Exploration of Post-traumatic Stress
Articles of Interest: 03/26/12
Joplin Responders Highlight Need for CISM Treatment
Weber's team was a dozen nurses from North Kansas City Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital in BlueSprings. Trained in critical incident stress management, they were better prepared than
most to understand the stress of disasters.
An exploration of post-traumatic stress disorder in emergency nurses following Hurricane Katrina
METHODS: The research identifies if the nurses perceived satisfaction with measures administrators took to provide Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). To combat burnout, absenteeism, emotional difficulties, and health problems in nurses, administration must offer adequate crisis management for those affected by a traumatic event in the workplace. Data were
captured through a cross-sectional research design using self-reporting questionnaires. RESULTS: Twenty percent of the nurses has symptoms of PTSD. In addition, 100% of the nurses reported that administrators did not offer CISM.
LifeNet, Volume 23, Issue 1 Now Available
The first issue of the 2012 series of LifeNet, the ICISF newsletter, is now available to members here on the ICISF website.
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Organizational Recovery After An Incident & The Effects of Critical Incident Stress
Articles of Interest: 03/19/12
‘Organizational Recovery After An Incident’ U. S. Office of Personnel Management
POSITIVE IMPORTANT TO READ & REVIEW 2010
Support informal debriefing: The formal debriefing doesn't end the recovery process. Provide opportunities for employees to talk informally with one another when they feel a need to discuss the experience. Formal crisis intervention processes for victims of critical incidents, such as workplace violence, have been used and recommended by mental health professionals for years. One such process, Critical Incident Stress Management, has been pioneered by Dr. Jeffrey Mitchell of the University of Maryland at Baltimore County.
CONCLUSION:As mentioned earlier, both critical incident stress debriefing and defusing are among the two most utilized processes under the CISM umbrella. Neither model should be employed by anyone other than trained mental health professionals and other trained CISM team personnel. It should also be emphasized that the CISM process is but one crisis intervention model among others available to Federal agencies.
The Effects of Critical Incident Stress
POSITIVE IMPORTANT TO READ & REVIEW 2/3/12
Teams help officers deal with trauma after police shootings
Articles of Interest: 03/12/12
Experts are working to help officers who live through such shootings or witness the death of a colleague get through it and get back on the job. That’s the driving force behind the Crisis Incident Support Team, a volunteer unit with the Georgia State Patrol that comes to the aid of officers and agencies across the state; Over the years, the crisis team concept has been refined into a model that uses established techniques to assist officers experiencing emotional trauma. There is even an organization – the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation – that sets standards for training, certifies members and provides resources for teams across the nation.; Teams in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina were instrumental in helping Georgia establish its crisis incident organization….; In the case of
Is it time to resurrect post-trauma psychological debriefing for emergency responders and aid workers?
Christian Jarrett discusses the need for post-trauma psychological debriefing for emergency responders