Confessions of a Trauma Junkie: My Life as a Nurse Paramedic by Sherry Lynn Jones
Ride in the back of the ambulance with Sherry Jones Mayo
Share the innermost feelings of emergency services workers as they encounter trauma, tragedy, redemption, and even a little humor. Sherry Lynn Jones has been an Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Room Nurse, prison healthcare practitioner, and an on-scene critical incident debriefer. 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.
“Corrections” the third realm of emergency care behind layers of concrete and barbed wire. Join in the dangers, challenges, and truth-is-stranger-than-fiction humor of this updated and revised second edition of Confessions of a Trauma Junkie. In addition to stories from the streets and ERs, medics, nurses, and corrections officers share perceptions and coping skills from the other side of prisons’ cuffs and clanging metal door.
I rated this book 5 *****’s
Heart warming stories that will keep you think how life is so precious
I am not a nurse or working in any medical related field. I do feel what Ms. Sherry Lynn Jones when saving precious lives. Life is so precious that in one blink of an eye, it is taken away from me. The first story alone is heart warming. Can you imagine the rest of the stories when you read this book? Those incidents will want you to hold on to your kids or to your loved-ones.
This book is so beautiful in so many ways. Being a hero to saves lives is not easy. The stories will make your heart beats so fast. You reflect for a moment and what if, if that was your child. You cannot help but thankful and salute your hats off to all the heroes.
Working in a nursing home as a housekeeper, I witnessed few deaths and still breaks my heart. The recent was one the passing of my favorite 96 years old female resident. Until now, I still remember her when I clean her room though somebody is living their now.
Thank you Ms. Sherry Lynn Jones for sharing your kindness and unselfish heart with these beautiful confessions.
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Emergency Service Professionals Praise Confessions of a Trauma Junkie
“A must read for those who choose to subject themselves to life at its best and at its worst. Sherry offers insight in the Emergency Response business that most people cannot imagine.”
–Maj Gen Richard L. Bowling, former Commanding General, USAF Auxiliary (CAP)
“Sherry Mayo shares experiences and unique personal insights of first responders. Told with poetry, sensitivity and a touch of humor at times, all are real, providing views into realities EMTs, Nurses, and other first responders encounter. Recommended reading for anyone working with trauma, crises, critical incidents in any profession.”
— George W. Doherty, MS, LPC, President Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Institute
“Sherry has captured the essence of working with people who have witnessed trauma. It made me cry, it made me laugh, it helped me to understand differently the work of our Emergency Services Personnel. I consider this a ‘MUST READ’ for all of us who wish to be helpful to those who work in these professions.”
–Dennis Potter, LMSW, CAAC, FAAETS, ICISF Instructor
“Confessions of a Trauma Junkie is an honest, powerful, and moving account of the emotional realities of helping others! Sherry Mayo gives us a privileged look into the healing professions she knows firsthand. The importance of peer support is beautifully illustrated. This book will deepen the readers respect for those who serve.”
–Victor Welzant, PsyD, Director of Education and Training, The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc
Sherry Lynn Jones is a registered nurse, QMPH, and retired paramedic with more than 25 years’ combined experience in EMS, trauma center ERs, and psych/corrections nursing (in chorus with civilian and paramilitary CISM response). A lieutenant colonel with Civil Air Patrol, Auxiliary of the USAF’s Total Force, Sherry was one of the key architects in introducing and developing CAP’s CISM Program. She served as CAP’s National CISM Director providing training, staff development, and strategic responses that included air crashes and Joint Task Force Katrina.
Sherry’s education includes a doctorate in adult education, and a master’s degree in psychology specializing in crisis management and response. Her dissertation, Nurses’ Occupational Trauma Exposure, Resilience, and Coping Education, revealed gaps in nurses’ training and practice, particularly regarding self-care.
Sherry is the author of a Trauma Junkie anthology, has published in numerous books (also as Sherry Jones Mayo), magazines, and journals. Sherry is a faculty member and approved instructor for multiple ICISF courses (International Critical Incident Stress Foundation). An elected board member of the Michigan Crisis Response Association (MCRA), Sherry lives in Michigan and serves as CEO of Education Resource Strategies.
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