A burn care team of IMEs returned from the Dominican Republic over the weekend. IME Carolyn Ramwell, a nurse from Charlottesville, VA, shares her feelings about the experience. Carolyn has been an IME with PFP for over 6 years.
When you are a nurse you can experience profound sorrow, joy, sadness and elation in one day or one hour. Because we care for the human beings, body and soul, a moment can be a lifetime. As an international medical educator for PFP we join this human roller coaster ride with our host partners as we learn together how to make the best outcomes for the patient. Sharing tears and laughter brings us closer together, strengthening our credibility to empower the staff to make changes.
This mission has encompassed all those emotions as we built our teaching plan on a new admission, a beautiful little girl burned over 50 % of her body. Each lecture and discussion touched back to her treatment plan as a framework and practical application for our content.
Our psychologist, Lisa, with her peer, held the mother as she cried. Our therapist, Tiffany, with her colleague went into the operating room to maximize her training with the multi disciplinary team. Emily and I took the opportunity to bring the lectures of the first 48 hours of the burn, recovery care, anticipating emergencies and preventing complications to the bedside of this child.
I first came here six years ago and the unit had just opened. They had a skeleton staff and the nurses were novices in burn care. To return to a staffed unit, with an engaged, eager staff made training on this mission a privilege. I am humbled and honored with the opportunity to be part of this program seeing it grow to the facility it is today.