So well stated. We do owe our patients more than just assessment and education on disease processes. I often feel like mental health /depression and pain are overlooked. In the past 3-5 years in home health, I see more emphasis in checking pain, but little on mental health unless the pt. has overt issues eg., suicidal. I personally try to listen ,give emotional support ,and advise pt and communicate to doctor of mental health changes. When I feel I am losing my compassion, I take a long weekend or week vacation.
Glad you have recovered well enough to work-- and have such great insight. There can be something positive to come out of a challenging life experience. :redpinkhe