Mental health and staff well-being in the emergency department

This collection of articles focuses on the mental health of emergency nurses. It includes peer-reviewed content, feature and opinion articles on how best to ensure the well-being of people working in the high-stress environment of the emergency department or at the scene of major incidents. The collection also covers mechanisms for coping as well as tips for building up psychological and professional resilience.  

Abusive patients

Letters from trust prompt patients to apologise for abusive behaviour

The patients had been warned they may be refused treatment after aggression towards staff


Awareness of secondary traumatic stress in emergency nursing

How nurses can safeguard against secondary traumatic stress

Congress applauds fire chief over trauma support

RCN members applaud London’s fire chief for supporting staff affected by traumatic events

Emergency nurse’s trigger point underlines importance of our mental health

We must support each other in coping with the accumulation of stressful events

Reflections on personal psychological resilience arising from the Shoreham air crash in 2015

Reflections on personal psychological resilience after the Shoreham air crash in 2015

Reflections on a psychological journey with reference to the conservation of resources theory


We need to look after our workforce

Our Blue Light seeks to improve the well-being of emergency service professionals

What can you do to help improve staff well-being?

In a bid to combat fatique and build on resilience and well-being, one emergency department...

Pinpointing and relieving stress in emergency departments

Emergency department staff may experience high rates of anxiety, depression and burnout


Emergency nursing during major incident plans

Hospitals expect a major incident plan to be implemented every three years, but following...


Tips for emergency nurses on building resilience

Emergency care staff can protect themselves from burnout by building resilience against the...


Death anxiety among emergency care workers

Interventions that could prevent the debilitating effects of death anxiety and improve staff...


How nurses can cope with stress and avoid burnout

This article draws on a systematic literature review to identify stressors in emergency and...