Stress First Aid for Nurses
A peer-to-peer supportive model within an organization
Nurses Week 2021
Meet some of the nurses engaged in peer support.
What is Stress First Aid? SFA is a set of supportive and practical actions to assist nurses experiencing stress. SFA helps team members identify and address early signs of stress reactions in themselves and others in an ongoing way (not just after “critical incidents”). The ultimate aim is to enhance individual and unit resilience.
Goals: The goals of the Stress First Aid (also referred to as Stress Control) training program when implemented in the organization include:
a. Improve peer and leader abilities to recognize stress reactions and injuries using the stress continuum model and respond with compassionate, restorative support
b. Deliver occupational stress first aid (continuous, primary, and secondary aid) techniques to address stress and respond with appropriate tailored support to the individual and organizational context
c. Enhance individual and team ability to have conversations about work stressors
d. Integrate caregiver occupational stress control principles into clinical leadership skills and management strategies as applicable.
Increased individual resilience
Increased staff engagement
Increased unit resilience and cohesion