SOCW6333 Walden Personal Factors And Occupational Stressors

Question Description

Due 03/15/2019

Consider forensic interviewers who frequently hear spiritually depleting stories of crimes against children. Consider that firefighters and emergency medical technicians often work several consecutive days at a time, forcing them to be away from their families while carrying out physically exhausting work. How could such occupational stressors contribute to the onset of vicarious trauma symptoms for helping professionals?

For this Assignment, select one interview from this week’s media carousel. Consider the occupational stressors the individual(s) might face. Also, consider which stressors you would find most challenging in carrying out this work and identify two ways you might address those challenges.

Assignment (3-4 pages): Interview chosen ER Nurse – be detailed in responseand use 4 APA references.

Use the video “Media Carousel: Trauma-Response Helping Professionals” to select an interview.

  • Provide an analysis of the occupational stressors in the interview you selected.
  • Explain the implications of these stressors on the development of vicarious trauma.
  • Explain two ways you would address these stressors. Be specific.
  • Reflect on your own work environment, and describe two occupational stressors that could impact the development of vicarious trauma and justify your selection.
  • Explain two strategies you would use to address those challenges.
  • Explain the personal factors you might possess that might leave you vulnerable to vicarious trauma.
  • Justify your analysis with references to this week’s Resources and other current literature. Be specific.

Support your Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation.


Laureate Education (Producer). (2014b).Mediacarousel: Trauma-responsehelping professionals [Video file].retrieved from https://class.walden.edu

Morrissette, P. J. (2004). The pain of helping: Psychological injury of helping professionals. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.

  • Chapter 5, “Compassion Fatigue/Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder” (previously read in Week 2)
  • Chapter 7, “Vicarious Traumatization” (previously read in Week 2)

Peled-Avram, M. (2017). The role of relational-oriented supervision and personal and work-related factors in the development of vicarious traumatization. Clinical Social Work Journal, 45(1), 22-33. doi:10.1007/s10615-015-0573-y

Final Answer



Personal Factors and Occupational Stressors




Personal Factors and Occupational Stressors
The registered nurse (RN) faces all types of occupational stressors that can contribute to
the onset of vicarious trauma symptoms. They face high levels of stress and high work loads
which can lead to burnout and compassion fatigue. Nurses can experience profound emotional
and physical exhaustion that can lead to vicarious trauma. Vicarious trauma can occur when the
nurse continuously witnesses the pain and suffering of patients. Constantly witnessing the
suffering of others can leave the nurse feelings fatigued, frustrated, and emotionally spent. One
of the most common occupational stressors is the death of a patient.
Provide an analysis of the occupational stressors in the interview you selected.
Nurses experience vicarious trauma when they watch patients die. According to the nurse
in the interview, watching patients with cancer or other terminal illness dies is a common
stressor. Providing palliative care or working in an oncology department can lead to secondary
trauma. The nurse in the interview denies being negatively impacted by her constant exposure to
the death of cancer patients, but she did say it hurts her heart (Laureate Education, 2014b).
Working with patients who have a high chance for death exposes the nurse to constant pain and
suffering. They are exposed to the pain and su...

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