The use of psychological first aid (PFA) training among nurses to enhance population resiliency

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Abstract

Disaster mental health research has found that psychological casualties from a given disaster can be expected to far outnumber physical casualties. Amidst a shortage of mental health professionals and against the backdrop of natural disasters, continued terrorism, and pandemic influenza, there is a striking need to expand and operationalize available human resources to enhance the psychological resiliency of those affected. Through the utilization of psychological first aid (PFA) as an early crisis intervention tool, and by virtue of their occupation and experience, nurses are particularly well-suited to assume a leadership role in expanding the disaster mental health presence beyond the existing cadre of mental health clinicians. Here, we characterize the importance of integrating PFA in the context of other nursing functions, to augment mental health surge capacity in disaster settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-31
Number of pages11
JournalInternational journal of emergency mental health
Volume12
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

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Keywords

  • Disaster mental health
  • Disaster nursing
  • Resilience
  • Workplace psychological first aid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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