Invisible Traumatic Injuries: Caring for Those Surviving Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders

Author(s): Joseph Gundlach

Contact Hours 1.25

CERP A 1.25

Expires Dec 15, 2026

Topics: Behavioral/Psychosocial

Population: Adult, Pediatric

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Nurses are facing a new challenge: providing patient-centered care to individuals with comorbid medical and behavioral health diagnoses in hospital settings. This foundational session aims to provide nurses with an understanding of current trends while providing strategies to help nurses grow in their practice and improve the quality of care provided to patient's surviving mental illness and substance abuse—all from the perspective of treating a population in crisis with trauma-informed care.


  • Describe the foundations of traumainformed care, and how it guides the provision of holistic nursing care.
  • Explain current trends in the prevalence of substance use disorder, severe mental illness and suicide.
  • Identify strategies to improve the quality of care provided to patients with behavioral health and/or substance use disorders.

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 1.25 contact hours.

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN, ANCC, or CBRN approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


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