New Sigma book addresses psychological trauma to revolutionize care

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Authors provide a primer on psychological trauma, helping readers identify and understand the common forms of trauma in society

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“Introducing the concept of nurse-specific trauma to students and new graduates will support a resilient workforce prepare to meet the needs of their patients."

As nurses know firsthand, the impact of psychological trauma is not limited to those who experience it. Others—including nurses and caregivers—are indirectly affected. Understanding psychological trauma and its influence on nurses as individuals and on their patients is essential to nurses healing themselves—and bringing holistic care to others.

As nurses listen to, empathize with, and sometimes grieve with the people they care for, it’s important to comprehend the “why” behind these feelings and actions. In The Influence of Psychological Trauma in Nursing, the latest book published by Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma), nurses gain awareness and knowledge about trauma and recovery. Filled with individual narratives, case studies, and trauma scripts based on evidence and current policy, this book helps nurses—especially students and those new to the profession—move forward as trauma-informed caregivers.

“To render trauma-informed patient care, nurses themselves need to feel psychologically safe and connected to others,” said author Karen J. Foli, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Introducing the concept of nurse-specific trauma to students and new graduates will support a resilient workforce prepare to meet the needs of their patients.”

The authors have also created the following downloads to support the use of this book in classroom settings: Instructor’s Guide, Student Workbook, Trauma Vocabulary Quiz (plus answer key), Conceptual Model of Trauma. These and other supplemental files are available for free download at

This book is available at

The Influence of Psychological Trauma in Nursing
By Karen J. Foli, PhD, RN, FAAN, and John R. Thompson, MD
Published by Sigma, 2019
ISBN-13: 9781945157981
EPUB ISBN: 9781945157998
PDF ISBN: 9781948057004
MOBI ISBN: 9781948057011
Price: US $44.95
Trade paperback, 264 pages
Trim size: 6x9

About the authors:

Karen J. Foli, PhD, RN, FAAN, is an Associate Professor and the Director of the PhD in Nursing Program at Purdue University School of Nursing. Devoting much of her career to alleviating the suffering of psychological trauma and preparing nurses to explore and build upon the science of nursing, she is currently researching and examining the role of psychological trauma in substance use in registered nurses.

John R. Thompson, MD, practices psychiatric medicine for Purdue University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. With over 30 years of experience in medical practice in multiple healthcare settings, he currently assesses and counsels young adults enrolled in higher education who are processing and recovering from trauma.    

The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, Sigma has more than 135,000 active members in over 90 countries and territories. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others. Sigma’s more than 530 chapters are located at more than 700 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales.
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