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ItemHealthcare Professionals: Trauma History Influencing Vocational Choice(2023) Bowman, JessyFor hundreds of years, people of all ages and backgrounds have been experiencing trauma and/or some type of traumatic event, either directly or indirectly. Many of those people went into the healthcare field to help others. What is not known is whether their past trauma had any influence on their vocational choice or not. This study focuses on participants who are in the healthcare field and/or are going to school to become healthcare professionals and have experienced trauma. A quantitative design was used to score participants’ responses, and a Brief Trauma Questionnaire was used to determine the level of severity of trauma in those participants. Participants included a wide range of healthcare professionals and/or students aspiring to become healthcare professionals. A survey was conducted through SurveyMonkey and consisted of 10 questions that pertained to the type of trauma and/or traumatic event. This survey allowed participants to respond anonymously so they would be more comfortable in hopes that they would not become triggered and would be as honest as possible. Two Facebook groups were chosen to participate in this study, and the research announcement was posted on the page for four weeks. Once the survey was closed, the responses were analyzed to determine if the participants’ past trauma had influenced their vocational choice and their desire to help those like them. Results showed that over half of the participants based their vocational choice on their past trauma.