Posttraumatic Embitterment Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: The COVID-19 Era

Author(s): Scott Thigpen, Terri Townsend

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP C 1.00

Expires Nov 15, 2026

Topics: Moral Distress

Role: Staff, Manager

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Posttraumatic embitterment disorder (PTED) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can create disequilibrium within the mind and spirit in the post COVID-19 pandemic era. Both disorders have defining signs and symptoms. PTSD is triggered by a terrifying significant event whereas PTED is correlated with staff shortage, conflict and interprofessional dissonance. This intermediate-level presentation utilizes tools and checklists to self-identify symptoms and institute measures to improve health.


  • Compare and contrast the etiologies and physical and mental manifestations of PTED and PTSD.
  • Employ the PTED Self-Rating Scale and the PTSD Checklist to correlate criteria and rate the degree of severity with PTED and PTSD.
  • Apply treatment strategies for PTED and PTSD in order to survive, thrive and create healthy work environments.

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