After the Bleeding Stops: Psychological Effects Which Burden Patients with Gunshot Wounds

Author(s): Suzanne Sherwood

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Nov 15, 2026

Topics: Behavioral/Psychosocial, Trauma

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

The damage of firearm violence in the United States is an ever-escalating public health concern. Patients who survive the bullets that pierce their bodies may never fully recover from the psychological effects of their gunshot wounds. This presentation discusses the current and newest research on the impact of psychological care on these patients. Nurses have a window of opportunity to listen, support and create an atmosphere of stability and hope for the patients and their families.


  • Examine challenges nurses face with their assessment of patients who experience psychological effects specific to nonfatal gunshot wounds.
  • Develop an interdisciplinary plan of care to prevent long-term complications and recidivism in patients experiencing gunshot wounds.
  • Support research on gun violence as a public health crisis and utilize the window of opportunity to support patients during their recovery.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.00 contact hours.

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