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Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Following an Emergency

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Critical incident stress debriefings (CISD) involve specific techniques that are designed to allow 'first responders' to cope with the physical and physiological effects of traumatic events. Debriefing sessions provide participants with a 'safe place' to express their anger, grief and sorrow.

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Davis (2013) defines a critical incident as an unforeseen death in the daily delivery of care, a grave injury from a shooting or stabbing, or a perceived physical or psychological threat to the health and safety of an individual or community, regardless of the type of incident. Those who experience a critical incident may experience a dramatic and profound change or disruption to their physical and/or psychological functioning. Critical incident stress debriefings (CISD) involve specific techniques that are designed to allow 'first responders' to cope with the physical and physiological effects of traumatic events. Debriefing sessions provide participants with a 'safe place' to express their anger, grief and sorrow related to the events they experienced.

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Judith Paré
Judith Paré joined the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) in May, 2017 as the Director of Nursing Education/Workforce Quality and Safety. In 2014, Judith earned her Doctorate of Philosophy in the field of Nursing Education Capella University. Prior to joining the MNA she was Dean of the School of Nursing & Behavioral Sciences at Becker College in Worcester Massachusetts. She is an experienced educator in academic and continuing education settings. Judith is a member of more than ten professional nursing organisations and she devotes much of her time as an advocate for the Rural Nurse Organisation. Her expertise include curriculum design, assessment and evaluation in nursing and healthcare. Her research areas of expertise in rural healthcare and specifically the lived experiences of the rural nurse generalist. Judith is a published author and a national speaker in the field of rural nursing. Her recent writings includes: Montgomery, S, Sutton A & Paré, J 2017, ‘Rural Nursing & Synergy’, Online Journal of Rural Nursing & Health Care, vol. 17, no. 1, pp. 87-99. http://dx.doi.org/10.14574/ojrnhc.v17i1.431
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Xiange Tan
06 Aug 2021
great information.
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Sally Biggers
01 Mar 2021
A great and informative article
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Lydia Martin
15 Apr 2020
I found this resource to be highly informative and written very well. Provided a great overview of the need to ensure that there are critical management teams available regardless of work place/environment.
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Melanie Knowles
24 May 2021
A great reminder that there are services to provide help following difficult situations.
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Amber Ong
10 Oct 2021
Good article
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Margarette Bennett
12 May 2020
Informative
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Kylie Mowbray
01 Jul 2020
Brief but good reflective activity
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