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More Confessions of a Trauma Junkie: My Life as a Nurse Paramedic, 2nd Ed.

More Confessions of a Trauma Junkie: My Life as a Nurse Paramedic, 2nd Ed.

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More True Stories from EMS and the ER

More Confessions shares the raw and honest feelings of emergency service professionals through true 'story behind the story' revelations. Disclosing experiences from both sides of the gurney, Sherry and other EMS, ER, paramilitary, and firefighter responders walk you along their fragile line of sanity. Using humor as a life raft during perfect storms, workers reflect upon how they endure and survive personal and professional tragedy while trying not to care too much, and what happens when they fail in that attempt. A graduate student in psychology, Sherry is a paramedic, trauma nurse, and crisis interventionist who led a national paramilitary crisis response team and continues conducting crisis management training throughout the U.S.

Emergency Service Professionals Praise More Confessions

"Once again, Sherry brings to life the overlooked or, too often, over-hyped world of the emergency services for all to experience. She does so with a vitality and spirit that makes her prose almost poetic. If you want to glimpse the amazing world of EMS from 'behind the curtain, ' More Confessions is for you. Highest recommendations." --Rev. Don Brown, B.A., M.Div., Flight Paramedic (retired), Chaplain, Lt. Col., CAP (retired); Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Grand Saline, TX

"More Confessions will take you to the edge of first responder insanity with honesty and integrity. Sherry has once again opened our world to the reader by cleverly describing the unbelievable experiences that we have every day. This book is the real deal " --Peter Volkmann, MSW, EMT, Chief-Stockport NY Police Department.

"Through the venue of real and personable human experience stories, Sherry's More Confessions is a powerfully written sequel that provides key insights into the need for those who work in emergency and disaster response, as well as their families, to actively and purposely recognize and consistently address their physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. All who read this book will be touched deeply in some way." --Harvey J. Burnett, Jr., PhD, LP, President, Michigan Crisis Response Association Sergeant, Buchanan Police Department Assistant Professor of Psychology, Behavioral Sciences Dept., Andrews University

From the Reflections of America Series at Modern History Press

Medical: Allied Health Services - Emergency Medical Services

Author: Sherry Lynn Jones
Publisher: Modern History Press
Published: 01/08/2021
Pages: 166
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.53lbs
Size: 9.21h x 6.14w x 0.35d
ISBN: 9781615995530

About the Author
Jones, Sherry Lynn: - "Where did you grow up? Born in Detroit and raised in its suburbs, I have lived with and around the economically challenged population most of my life; there is a unique perception of the world when you grow up poor. Fortunately, Mama was an Italian-American, Dad a US Marine, so the influences of my family (famiglia) taught responsibility, patriotism, and pride. The Midwest contributed a sense of connectedness and belonging, and the combination of com-munity, culture, and ethics planted the seed of desire to become a patient advocate and agent for social change. Why you are uniquely qualified to write this book I can tell these stories because I have lived them and know the difference between dramatic representations and real life. Like many, I grew up watching the EMS and ER shows on television that focused on the hero aspect, providing predictable outcomes, and an unrealistic percentage of happy endings. Although television and movie depictions are more factual these days, the truth about how the emergency worker feels remains mostly hidden. My slant is in telling another side of the story: what responders think and feel during calls, how they internalize tragedy, what happens after the call, and how our world turns upside down when the patient is someone we love. Why did you write this book? When I tell people what I do, they focus on the gory side of life, like those who cannot look away from the scene of a bad accident. What they do not realize until it happens to them is that trauma affects someone who is loved and cherished, and lives are forever changed. I want people to see the world for a moment through my eyes, to walk with me through the broken glass, to sit next to me and hold the hand of the injured or dying, to fight against death thinking that sometimes we just might have the power to win those battles. And then I want them to see the complete lunacy of it all and laugh. What do you think readers will get out of it? I am hoping that readers will see emergency service workers in a new light and realize we are human, too. We have our own challenges, pains, and sorrows. We have had surgeries, major illnesses, broken bones, and our share of emotional scars. We have been in accidents, our backs are killing us from lifting, and our feet ache after shifts that last from 12 to 24 hours, often without a break. We also realize the importance of last words, how sometimes the sound of an I love you has to last a lifetime. One misperception I hear in the ER is that you don't understand what I'm going through. Perhaps not, but folks may be surprised. Some may appreciate knowing what we think about after the call is over as we strip off our uniforms and profes-sionalism, scrub off the bacterial and emotional accumulations of the day, and settle into an easy chair at home. What will you do next in your life? Things have changed dramatically in the past year. I work from home, and speaking engagements have been through video. CISM moved into teleconferencing, which is beyond me, so training is on hold. Despite heightened precautions in 2020, COVID-19 found me and left its mark; I am a fortunate and blessed survivor. I am writing and editing for the Michigan Crisis Response Association (MCRA), and editing into American English microbiology studies from a group in Italy (through Giovanni di Bonaventura, Ph.D., Professore at Università degli Studi G D'Annunzio di Chieti - Pescara). The future is uncertain. I put one foot in front of the other, live an attitude of gratitude, watch, and improvise. Maybe this is how one eases into retirement, and in retirement, I hope to write."

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