“I had spent 50 years looking for something that was always there, but wouldn’t reveal itself to me until I finally surrendered to it.” Corey Jahnke “God?!? There is no God!” he said in obvious frustration as he walked by the table of three women who were discussing their faith in the hospital break room. I watched as he continued towards the coffee machine. His posture and intensity of expression seemed to create an aura […]
Compassion fatigue can either be primary (related to the challenges of patient care directly) or secondary to the absorption of the patient’s traumatic events and circumstances. Providers must go to great lengths to practice diligent self-care or risk great personal distress.
“Resilience is knowing that YOU are the only one who has the power and the responsibility to pick yourself up.” Mary Holloway “You are way over budget! If you don’t fire two people by Friday, you will be given a written warning, and I WILL!” My hands shook with frustration and anger as I hung up the telephone with Paul, my district manager. I looked out at the line of customers that seemed to go […]
The operational definition of irony exists for the provider who loses his cool. Great internal conflict is created whenever we scar the very people we care most about. Unfortunately, life as a human being is a messy business. We can learn how to reinvent ourselves as the calm, collected care giver that we originally set out to become. Anyone, can become a person who manages anger well; even in the face of great adversity and […]
What most providers fail to realize is that they have let circumstances push, shove, or even nudge them off course for what they set out to do in the first place. Obviously, no one got into medicine so that they could get to go to war with the bureaucrats, the drama queens, and the policy storm troopers, but you no longer have to let the villains win. Make no mistake, if you are experiencing provider […]
In the medical profession we always think of high-blood pressure as “the silent killer” but truth be known, it isn’t. High-blood pressure is the result of the real silent killer which is what I like to call “absorption of secondary stress”. What this means is that everyday, all-day we are taking in the stress of the world, insane amounts of bad news, and other people’s drama. In 2008, my life was in a very dark […]