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graduate nurses, patient aggression, patient safety, posttraumatic amnesia, risk, wandering



  1. Searby, Adam
  2. Maude, Phil


ABSTRACT: This article reports a qualitative study of the phenomenon of posttraumatic amnesia, a common behavioral sequelae to traumatic brain injury frequently encountered by nurses on trauma wards. Specifically, it focuses on the experiences of newly registered Australian graduate nurses (N = 6) providing care for this patient cohort. An atheoretical qualitative descriptive design (Sandelowski, 2000) has been used to explore graduate nurses' experiences with posttraumatic amnesia. Themes that emerged from the transcripts were perceptions of behavior, difficulties in clinical management, safety, risk of wandering, external support, containment, and advocating for patient safety.