Tips for Surviving Nursing: The Trauma of caring - page 2
I'm pretty sure my first post here was maybe in 1997...as a newly recovering addict. After 34 years in this profession, mostly in PICU and nearly 98% pediatrics, I realized today that I am indeed... Read More
0Apr 30, '08 by Nurse_AdvocateThank you for your courage to express yourself so honestly. You talked about the horrific things you saw as a PICU nurse. You talked about how you let yourself slip into addiction to cope with it all.
But you've changed that now. You've made a decision to get into recovery. They say that the first step in recovery (from ANY addiction) is to be able to admit that your way of coping doesn't work anymore.
I recently started a blog about how I cope with the stress of nursing. You see, I'm NOT willing to sacrifice my soul for nursing. I LOVE my patients...don't get me wrong. For 12 hours at a time, I am devoted to them like nobody's business. But I'm no longer willing to "keep it all in" and to come home and go into MUTE mode.
I'm not willing to risk addiction, alcoholism, over shopping, overeating, depression, isolation or self-abuse over this career. It's like saying, "Something isn't right here...I'll show you, I'll drink this poison!" Who gets hurt? We do.
Not worth it to be silent any more!
Good for you. Keep doing your steps of recovery. Work with someone who has gone before you. You're doing great!
0Apr 30, '08 by deeDawnteeWow, what a poignantly written piece! You have a true gift for communication and insight. How could one not be impacted by such autrocities on the most vulnerable of us...our infants. Thank you for the work you do in the face of monumental conditions over which you have no power to change. Your heart and your gifts shine through your writing. I can see the depth of your caring and insight which are profound. Thank you for the person you are. I wish for you peace and realization of your specialness.