Chapter 3: Working with your vulnerabilities

Other support strategies


“ We have a very tight team. It helps us get through the difficult times. I see it when we surround the patient and family at the time of death. I see it when we have our informal and spontaneous debriefings”. – ICU Nurse


Professional responsibility requires that you develop personally effective strategies to manage the effects of vicarious trauma. Find out what supports your facility offers (e.g., EAPs, extended insurance coverage). Some hospitals have instituted a Code Lavender Program designed to support staff in times of extreme stress.







Self-care and supporting each other


Debriefing and checking in