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Dissertation Research Study: Second Victim Syndrome

13 Jul 2018 9:17 AM | Terri Hinkley

Dear Fellow Nursing Leaders,

My name is Terri Hinkley. I am the CEO of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and the Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification Board (MSNCB) and a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) at the George Washington University.

I am conducting my dissertation on the role social capital and psychological capital play in the severity of second victim syndrome (SVS) in RNs. As you are likely aware, second victim syndrome is the emotional, psychological and physical reaction of a nurse following a precipitating event, such as making an error or strongly identifying with a patient who has a significant adverse event or death. The nurses’ reaction can range from mild to debilitating, with severe cases being described as PTSD-like. SVS has resulted in nurse attrition, disengagement, poor performance and, unfortunately, suicide.

As nursing leaders, I believe we have a critical role to play in the recovery of our nurses experiencing second victim syndrome. I am interested in understanding the individual level factors that influence the severity of the SVS experienced. I feel that if we can understand better the causal role of social capital and psychological capital, we can develop programs and services that can be delivered a priori, thus reducing the severity of SVS if, and when, it occurs.

I plan on disseminating the survey in September or early October, following IRB approval. I would greatly appreciate being able to send the survey link to you or your responsible staff member, along with an email of introduction and explanation, for you to share with your membership and stakeholders. The survey will be completely anonymous, there will be no issue of confidentiality, and the results will only be shared in the aggregate. I will publish my research and will happily share the results of my research with your association. If you have any questions about this study or my research, please do not hesitate to reach out to me via the contact information provided below.

Can you please respond to me directly to let me know if you would be willing to share this research request with your membership and what the process for doing so entails? Thank you in advance.

Best Regards,

Terri Hinkley




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