Ok, so let me start off by saying. My name is Chris (maybe that was obvious by my name im not sure lol), I am currently certified as an EMT-B, and I am an 18 year old male. The whole I am macho and emotions dont affect me, thing isnt in me at all. Which is the reason why I am posting this topic.
Now, as Nurses how exactly do you cope with some of things you see. Now maybe your seasoned and now its not such a biggie. But maybe when/if it was. How did you cope?
I am a burn victim, flash fire back when I was 1 years old. It has never affected me really. Besides when I was growing up, sort of hiding it the best I could. But as i grew up it became a major influence on my decision to go into the nursing field. But to stay on topic, as I was doing one of my rotations in the ER as an EMT. This man came in from a stabbing, and i was able to do my duty (as much as an EMT is allowed to do), EKG help, etc. But then it came time for me to do CPR (for the first time ever on a real person) and I was doing it, but after my 2nd set. The Doc just said ok, someone call it. And as we all walked out of the room. I was like wow, I imagine this happening quite often, as a matter of fact it may even be more gruesome, involve kids, or involve other burn patients. And while it didnt frustrate me, I got upset that no matter what I may be able to do, or how much I know I just cant save everyone. So how have you, if any of you who have gone through that been able to look past it or have a brighter side of looking at it?