This is MY first trauma patient and all that I can think is, “You should not be here!”
The Call – a tribute to Emergency Nursing – Happy Emergency Nurses Week!
Vicarious trauma, burnout and moral distress define the symptoms experienced by those of us called to help people in need. The definitions are easy; the cure is elusive.
I’ve experienced perfect storms of moral distress and know, given the right circumstances, suicide may look like the only escape for a nurse. It Is Not!
Sometimes evil is mere words. Sometimes evil is a gesture. At its worst, evil looks like tonight.
I get what I’m asking for – a frustrated and angry patient.
I’ve never felt better from a diabetes standpoint; the only problem now is that I’m dying.