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.
God never uses someone greatly unless he tests them deeply.
Story rewritten: Man Dead on the Street
Hearing “You’re going to love this patient” in ER nurse sign-out can go one of two ways. Fortunately, tonight is the good kind. My colleague and I finish report at Harriet’s bedside and when I say “Hi, I’m Adam.” she laughs and says, “Do you know the first thing Adam said to Eve in the…… Continue reading Laughing at Death