Stress is everywhere but even more so in the Acute Care mileau of Pre Hospital care and ED. We deal with Patients who are not only experiencing real physical trauma but also emotional stress. And it's not just the patient but also dealing with visitors, bystanders and family who are also taken up by the suffering of the Patient.
So what avenues do we as Health Care Professionals have to deal with what we see on a daily basis in a healthy manner? When do we get to vent?
When I was a medic back in the 80's my partner Angelo who by the way was a very good Medic and cared very much for his Patients. Angelo was a very stressed out guy and the job wasn't really very tranquil if ya know what I mean. He was walking down a hospital corridor and a kinda nutso pt. was on a gurney and was staring at my partner, so instead of ignoring him he confronts him. What the %*&&&^% are you looking at? They exchange words the Pt. curses out his mother and Angelo pops him one in the kisser and breaks his jaw!
Law suite, fired from his job what a shame! Charges pressed, what a Hot head. Loss of a very good Medic who had a hair trigger attitude.
We were working in New York dealing with Patients on the Bowery from Every walk of life. Ya gotta be cool and can't afford to loose it. We are Professionals and have to maintain and control.
I think there should be monthly mandatory debriefings, group therapy, vent sessions for all RNS and Medics. We are exposed to so many emotionally traumatizing events. For all my years as an EMT/Medic RN I can count on 1 hand how many times me and collegues sat down to process our feelings after a SIDS or a Murder or Still born. How long can the you boil before you burst?