On episode 178 of RNFM Radio, Keith and Kevin take a pause for the cause of gratitude in honor of Thanksgiving here in the United States. Both Keith and Kevin spontaneously decided to focus on gratitude today, with the recent attacks in Paris and Beirut bringing to light the need to feel gratitude for life, friends, family, health, abundance, and everything that fills our lives every day.Regarding the recent events in Paris, Keith and Kevin spoke at length about the frontline EMS and medical personnel, police, fire, military, and laypeople who put themselves on the line to respond to the attacks, assess survivors, and transport the injured to area hospitals for emergency medical care.
Keith points out that tragedies, no matter how far away, can traumatize and impact us on many levels, so self-care is paramount for you, your colleagues, your friends, and your loved ones. Hypervigilance and retraumatization are real, and we need to make sure that we self-monitor for signs of stress and its effects.
We also discuss the profiling of people of certain ethnic backgrounds, and the responsibility we carry as healthcare providers to treat everyone who walks in the door with the same compassion, respect, and civility. We can live as examples, as leaders, and as representatives of the nursing profession.
For information on the signs and symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), this page on the Mayo Clinic website provides important education. Another great resource for stress reduction and other related information is the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
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—Elizabeth, Kevin, and Keith
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