In the Salzburg state clinics, 15 nursing staff are being trained to become psychosocial emergency officers. They should be the point of contact for their colleagues after stressful situations at work.
Since the beginning of the corona pandemic, the burden on hospital staff has increased significantly. According to one study, for example, half of the nursing staff in Italian hospitals suffer from corona-related post-traumatic stress disorders.
Around 2500 people work in nursing at the Salzburg University Hospital. of them are repeatedly exposed to stressful situations, for example after unsuccessful resuscitation, especially of children. During the coronavirus pandemic, the burden on the nursing staff increased, says Thomas Gschwandter from the nursing directorate: “Unfortunately, our employees also saw people die alone because accompanying persons were not allowed to go to the hospital due to the stricter regulations.”
Relief and prevention
For such crisis situations, selected employees are now being trained in psychological first aid. You will learn how to recognize stress reactions in colleagues and how to deal with them. Strategies for acute relief and prevention are also part of this training, says Gschwandter. Help from colleagues for colleagues too. For the time being, 15 employees will be trained, but this offer is to be expanded.