Trauma is a widespread public health concern in the U.S. resulting from different causes including but not limited to physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, neglect, acts of violence, or war. Trauma affects all individuals regardless of age, socioeconomic status, gender, race, and sexual orientation. As a severe public health concern with far-reaching consequences, trauma needs to be addressed. Not doing so may result in an increased risk of mental health disorders, chronic physical diseases, and substance use disorders. Trauma must first be understood to contribute to healing and trusting relationships in healthcare by implementing trauma-informed care.
Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:
- Define trauma
Summarize the causes of and risk factors for trauma exposure
Recall the philosophy of trauma-informed care
Explain the symptoms and behaviors of individuals experiencing trauma exposure
Outline the benefits of implementing trauma-informed care in healthcare settings
This educational activity was developed for nurses and healthcare professionals.
This is a microlearning course. Microlearning is an approach to learning new information in small segments of 3-15 minutes in length. This course is mobile-friendly!
There is no CE associated with this course. A certificate of completion is awarded, but no contact hours are awarded. If you are interested in earning CE, navigate to and complete the full version of this course.
This course was written by Brenda Kozak, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE.
earned her doctorate in nursing practice and is a certified nurse educator. Brenda has over 20 years of clinical experience in nursing practice.