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Goals and Learning Outcomes

About half of people in the U.S. experience a traumatic event at some point in their lives (National Institute of Mental Health [NIMH], n.d.). Approximately 6.8% of those individuals will develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (American Psychiatric Association [APA], 2022). PTSD can result from a range of events that compromise a person’s sense of safety. Symptoms are intrusive and persistent, significantly impacting people’s lives. Nevertheless, many people with PTSD remain unidentified and go without adequate help. Nurses may be the first professionals to recognize the symptoms and to help victims seek therapy that will allow their wounds to heal.

The goal of this course is to provide information to nursing professionals in acute settings to recognize and address symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder.  

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Recognize three symptoms of PTSD
  • Indicate two ways to establish a relationship when treating patients with PTSD.
  • Identify considerations for managing PTSD in acute settings.

Course Termination Date: Not yet determined

Content Expiration Date: 12/31/25

Course Originally Released On: 01/01/23

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Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP#13791

Disclaimer: Not all courses will provide California Board of Registered Nursing approval. Per California Assembly Bill No. 241, continuing education courses related to direct patient care shall address at least one or a combination of the following:(1) Examples of how implicit bias affects perceptions and treatment decisions of licensees, leading to disparities in health outcomes; or (2) Strategies to address how unintended biases in decision-making may contribute to health care disparities by shaping behavior and producing differences in medical treatment along lines of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics.



Relias LLC reports to CEBroker for the following boards (Provider # 50-1489): Arkansas State Board Of Nursing, District Of Columbia Board Of Nursing, Florida Board Of Nursing, Georgia Board Of Nursing, Kansas State Board of Nursing, Kentucky Board of Nursing, Michigan Board of Nursing, Mississippi Board of Nursing, New Hampshire Board of Nursing, New Mexico Board Of Nursing, North Dakota Board of Nursing, South Carolina Board Of Nursing and West Virginia Board Of Registered Nurses


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None of the planners/faculty, unless otherwise noted, for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.