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The second victim phenomenon: A harsh reality of health care professions


This article focuses on the negative impacts adverse events have on healthcare professionals. Specifically, they feel a sense of inadequacy, shame, and personal grief. As a result, healthcare professionals are dubbed “second victims” of these incidents. The article also delves into obstacles that prevent healthcare professionals from seeking assistance. These obstacles include not wanting to be perceived as vulnerable or weak in front of their coworkers. To assist second victims and their recovery and combat the stigma associated with seeking help, health institutions are encouraged to develop holistic support systems.



Hall, L. W., & Scott, S. D. (2012). The second victim of adverse health care events. The Nursing Clinics of North America, 47(3), 383–393.