Confessions of a Trauma Junkie: My Life as a Nurse Paramedic , Sherry Jones Mayo
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   Confessions of a Trauma Junkie: My Life as a Nurse Paramedic - Price: $19.95    

by Sherry Jones Mayo, ISBN: 978-1-932690-96-5
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Share the innermost feelings of emergency services workers as they encounter trauma, tragedy, redemption, and even a little humor. Sherry Jones Mayo has been an Emergency Medical Technician, Emergerncy Room Nurse, and an on-scene critical incident debriefer for Hurricane Katrina. Most people who have observed or experienced physical, mental or emotional crisis have single perspectives. This book allows readers to stand on both sides of the gurney; it details a progression from innocence to enlightened caregiver to burnout, glimpsing into each stage personally and professionally.

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Biography :

Sherry Jones Mayo is a native of Michigan, a registered nurse and a licensed paramedic. Currently an emergency room trauma nurse in Las Vegas, Nevada she has combined her experience in emergency medicine and critical incident stress management (CISM) with a love for writing, having published her work in several military, civilian, medical, collegiate and internet forums.

Sherry's experience in both rural and urban emergency medicine stirred an interest in critical incident stress management. In her 19 years of involvement with the United States Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol, she has advanced to the grade of Lieutenant Colonel. During her tenure as the National Director, Critical Incident Stress Management at CAP, she demonstrated an exceptional mastery of the subject, and was the key architect in the development of CAP's National CISM Program, taking it from concept to a full program supporting the emergency services and first responder work of the organizations 50,000+ volunteers.

Sherry is a member of, and Approved Instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) and Diplomate with the National Center for Crisis Management.

Sherry lives in Las Vegas with her husband Gary and their loving kitten, Izzy. See

Book Review :

This book contains stories that take us inside the lives of people who deal with traumatic emergency response situations. The author has been an Emergency Medical Technician, an Emergency Nurse and she is involved with Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) teams. In her writings about incidents involving both herself and those close to her, we learn about the depth of humanity that is involved in being willing to work in this field. Sometimes the humanity is reflected by finding humor in macabre situations, other times it is reflected in the despair that the worker feels when they are unable to save someone.

I found each essay to be incredibly compelling. Several also reminded me of similar situations that would occur at the hospitals that I worked at, especially the humorous ones. I was also reminded that in addition to dealing with the job stresses and long hours, each person also has to deal with their own personal issues. Some of the incidents that they are involved with, might be especially difficult if they trigger a personal response, such as when dealing with the tragic death of a child that might be the same age as one of their own. It is very important that emotional intervention is provided when needed to help avoid Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and job burnout.

I highly recommend "Confessions of a Trauma Junkie" by Sherry Jones Mayo to nursing and EMT students. I think it should be required reading for them. I also recommend this book to people who are already working in the field. They will enjoy the stories and I believe that it will be reassuring to them to know that they are not alone in both their feelings and their experiences on the job.

(Paige Lovitt for Reader Views)

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