Quote from annmariern
Chances are that will be the last time you have to; sometimes I think we are each others angels. The right person, the right time, the right place. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, its perfect. You were just what she needed when; Had similar experiences myself. It's not often but I am 100% sure she was so glad you were there when she needed you. Maybe no-one else could have been in quite the same way.
So true! We have many lessons in life and learn from others.
For a young patient to have a nurse who was also a person
shared a similar experience , able to understand her feelings
and fears. You are an angel to this patient and have given the
gift of hope and reassurance to her.
It is entirely your call as to who, when, where, or ever to share
your background. Your choice to share met your goal to help
patients who are burn victims to see that there is light at
the end of the tunnel.
If we did not fully help our patients and feel for their struggle we would be no more than nurse robots.
I do not know how it is for burn unit RNs, but in psychiatric nursing
we had supervision to discuss cases and our personal response
to them . It may help for you to go for private counseling
for a few sessions to discuss this case. I found a nurse clinician
and found a few sessions very enlightening when I was struggling
with a situation where a client committed suicide. We were all
close to the client and there was no indication to the family so
we lost the opportunity to try intervention...........
You and your patient are in my thoughts and prayers.........