Boston-Area Nurses: Valor Amid Horror
ADVANCE recently got an inside look at how nurses and other healthcare professionals at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston are helping individuals critically injured in April's Boston Marathon bombings recover and move on with their lives. The physical and emotional care they're extending to the bombing victims is exemplary.
They've had the opportunity to receive positive feedback from their patients, in this case JP Norden of Stoneham, Mass., whose right leg was amputated below the knee: "I honestly cannot say enough about this place and the people who have cared for me," Norden told ADVANCE. "My morale has increased 500% since I've been here."
I couldn't help to think of the flipside of this situation. As detailed in a May 19 article in the Boston Globe, a select group of trauma nurses at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston was called upon to provide care for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the alleged perpetrators of the marathon bombing who was himself critically injured after a series of encounters with law enforcement officials before his eventual capture.
The newspaper interviewed seven of the nurses involved in his care. They did not wish to be identified, with an eye on negative treatment of the funeral director involved in burial of the other Tsarnaev accused of the bombing crime. They said they were proud of the care they provided, with the goal of ensuring their patient would face justice. However, their emotions were a mass of conflicts.
"When you're in the room, it's just a patient," one of the nurses told the newspaper. "You're here to ... make sure they're feeling better. When you step away, you take it in. I am compassionate, that's what we do. But should I be? The rest of the world hates him right now. The emotions are like one big salad, all tossed around.''
Have you found yourself in a similar circumstance? How did you respond? If not, what do you think your reaction would be?
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