Describe the case that defined you as a nurse

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Describe the case that defined you as a nurse. What happened, how were you involved? How does this case still affect you and your practice? What steps have you taken to overcome the stress of this event? (Remember to protect patient privacy).

Explain the importance of debriefings. Are they used in your workplace? If a debriefing would happen who would be involved, what would be discussed, who would lead the debriefing, where would it take place? Are debriefing possible at your workplace and would they help nurses deal with stress?

The sections should be clearly marked with headings so that your instructor knows which points you are addressing. Follow the guidelines for APA writing style. Make direct connections to your readings from this course and additional outside, credible resources.  The assignment should be between 1250 and 1750 words in length.  Please be sure to utilize at least two scholarly sources. In regards to your questions this week for module 4;
 This was kind of hard to answer for me but the one case I feel that defined me as a critical care nurse was when I was working in the emergency room Resource Pool night shift but got called back in for a mass school shooting at Virginia Tech on April 16 2007. It was a cold snowy morning, and I had worked the night before. Had just gotten home and was called back to the hospital. I was called back that morning to help with multiple causalities we received from this shooting. We only received 7 patients, most of the patients were treated at the local hospital in Blacksburg, VA. Where VT is located ..I work at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital(CRMH). We are only about 35 miles from Blacksburg, Va. Which is a level 1 trauma center where some of the patients where flown by helicopter, and ground transport to us. We thought we were going to receive more patients. We did not because they were all killed 33 in total. Google -Virginia Tech mass shooting or VA tech school shooting. Also google; EMSWORLD -Virginia Tech Mass Shooting Review Panel Report  It mentions how one of the patients went into cardiac arrest during transport and was pronounced dead on arrival at my hospital (CRMH). I’ll never forget this patient his cell phone kept ringing and it was his mother calling to see if he was Okay after she saw the media coverage on the cable news networks. He was dead. This was hard to deal with for me. At the time my son was in college about 4 hours away, He had friends that went to VA Tech. Fortunately, none of his friends were shot or killed. Work offered debriefings (hospital staff/ managers/police/EMS crew, flight RN’s, and paramedics involved) and counseling was offered to us. Which I utilized and went to several sessions. But it made us all better nurses, and we became a closer group of professionals after dealing with this tragedy. We have non violent crisis intervention training as well. If you google that as well it will explain what it is. I did go see my son the following weekend at his school just to spend time with him and to tell him I loved him. My daughter was a junior in high school and was home we me. But it was hard for her to deal with as well. If you read my discussion post this week you will see how I said I deal with stress. Maybe between my post and what I am sharing with you now, can put it all together. You always make everything sound so good. It has been 10 years since this horrible tragedy. But doing what I do you keep moving forward and you do not look back. The debriefings did help with  managing this stress. Just google debriefings and that will tell you what was is involved. This did affect me some especially since my son was in college and I know it could have happened at his school. But to be honest to be a good  trauma/ER/RN you have to be thick skinned and try not to let it bother you. if you did you couldn’t do the job when you need too. Plus we are trained to handle these situations I have taken a Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum class. (TNCC) and a Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) and all this helps you in a case like this.

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