Physician Assistant M.S.

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Year Approved


First Advisor

Haveman, Tammie

Second Reader

Angela Whitely; Donald Hopper


Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health illness that has become an increasing concern during the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals suffering from PTSD are more likely to suffer from suicidal ideation, suicidal attempts, and death by suicide. Due to the recency of the COVID-19 pandemic, the research conducted on PTSD in nurses from the pandemic is limited. The PTSD checklist for DSM-5 (PCL-5) was distributed to Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) and Faith Community Nurse Network of the Greater Twin Cities (FCNNTC). Additionally, participants filled out what field of medicine they worked in and their perceived emotional burden from working during the pandemic. Out of 2,634 registered nurses (RNs), 42.14% met diagnostic criteria for probable PTSD. There was no statistically significant difference in prevalence of probable PTSD between medical fields except for a lower than expected prevalence of probable PTSD in the “all other” category. Those who met diagnostic criteria for probable PTSD had significantly higher levels of emotional burden from the pandemic, while those who did not meet criteria for probable PTSD had significantly lower levels of emotional burden from the pandemic. In conclusion, the data suggests the COVID-19 pandemic may have played a role in the psychological health of nurses.

Degree Name

Masters of Science in Physician Assistant

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis