#Thosewecarry, a glimpse into provider burnout and emotional trauma

As the health care industry tries to achieve the quadruple aim of enhancing patient experience, improving population health, reducing costs and improving the work life of health care providers, some providers are turning to Twitter to share workplace trauma.

The Twitter account The Haunted One and the hashtag #thosewecarry allow providers to share their difficult workplace stories. While the tools of the digital age speakers to an innovative approach to self-care, it also shows how much work is yet to be done to support care givers offline.

We’re curated some of the recent #thosewecarry tweets to share.

To all our health care providers, thank you for the incredible work that you do.

 

 

This submission to The Haunted One account tells how one technician burnt out:

I used to work in the ICU and on the Telemetry floor as a tech. My first, and only, direct near death experience was with a patient in the ICU. I don’t remember exactly what was wrong with the patient, but he coded that morning. I remember that he was upset. I had a conversation with him. Just as he was about to speak to share what was frustrating about his situation, I saw his face change, and machines started blaring all around him. I was shocked, walked out of the room and collapsed in the back because I had just seen the face of death for the first time—I was in and out of a black void that I couldn’t control.

I learned that day that techs, RNs, and doctors were angels on earth, and that I was in no way cut out to care for people on the verge of death. I don’t know what happened with that patient because I quit my job the next day, dropped out of my pre-med studies, & moved back home. It’s a rather bland story in comparison to the stories shared here, but it changed my whole life path. The nurse rushing me to the ER almost had to call a code on me because the situation had such an impact that I could barely hold on to consciousness—it was horrifying. I could only imagine what that patient, and patients like him, were going through. I couldn’t do it. So I don’t.

 

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