1. Gillespie , Gordon L.
  2. Meyer , Holly A.
  3. Daugherty , Margot
  4. Puthoff , Delinda
  5. Fryman , Lisa J.
  6. Howard , Patricia Kunz


Nurse job engagement, burnout, and professional and personal relationships are influenced by trauma patient care. The study’s resulting themes of care of the trauma patient, professional practice, personal life, and support resulted in the development of the “trauma nursing is a continual experience theory” that can be used as a framework to address these effects. Intentional support and timely interventions based on this new theory can help mitigate the effects of traumatic stress experienced by trauma nurses.