Trauma Informed Care

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The National Child Trauma Stress Network (NCTSN) defines a trauma-informed system, such as a school, as one where all parties involved recognize and respond to the impact of traumatic stress on those who have contact with the system including children, caregivers, staff and service providers. School nurses and school staff play a significant role in supporting the health and well-being of children and youth, including those affected by traumatic experiences which may include, but not limited to, grief and loss, loss of income, abuse, food insecurity, and domestic violence. The uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic have challenged school systems, especially school nurses, educators, staff, and administrators, to transform the ways that they connect with, teach, and support students and families.

School nurses have the opportunity to build on the relationships they have formed with each other and with their students and families and provide or refer them to community resources to assist during these challenging times.

NASN Resources

Recognizing Childhood Bereavement as a Public Health Issue Impacting Students

Prevention and Treatment of Child Maltreatment – The Role of the School Nurse Position Statement

CDC Resources

Infographic: 6 Guiding Principles To A Trauma Informed Approach

Other Resources

Trauma-Informed School Strategies during COVID-19 | The National Child Trauma Stress Network (NCTSN)

Building Trauma Sensitive Schools Training Package | National Center of Safe Supportive Learning Environments

SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach | Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Key Ingredients for Successful Trauma-Informed Care Implementation | Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration