Psychological aspects in critical care

By UniCamillus’ Professor Sondra Badolamenti

The complexity of the healthcare challenges that the healthcare professional must face places the emphasis on the need for a multidimensional vision of the management of healthcare problems and the management of critical processes. This involes both professionals working in hospital settings (intensive care, resuscitation, etc. ) and those operating in territorial contexts (eg for 118 operators).

In the management of emergencies, for nurses who work in critical area settings, the possession of skills not only of a technical but also relational type are necessary.

The healthcare challenges, in the critical care area, do not focus only on the needs and specific psychological structure of the sick and their families, but they require particular attention to the protection of the well-being of health workers.

The purpose of the “Psychological Aspects in Critical Care” course is to introduce professionals to basic knowledge on the complex regulation and individual management of their emotions in emergencies and in critical area settings.

Knowledge of the basic elements allows the identification and recognition of individual / group signs of malaise in healthcare professionals. Therefore, some elements are provided for the individual management of critical issues, both in individual and / or group settings and in improvised settings.

Sondra Badolamenti is Professor in the Degree Courses in Physiotherapy, Nursing and Radiology, Diagnostic Imaging and Radiotherapy Techniques of UniCamillus. She is also Lecturer for the 1st level Online Master in Nursing in Critical Care.