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Confessions of a Trauma Junkie: My Life as a Nurse Paramedic

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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 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 exp
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Paperback, 218 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Modern History Press
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Lauri
Aug 12, 2009 Lauri rated it really liked it
I've always had an extreme interest in the field of medicine. And emergency medicine, especially. Needless to say, I was immediately drawn to this book, based only upon the title. I discovered that it totally lived up to everything the title promised.

Thinking about emergency medicine, you realize that the only "routine " in this field would be the non-routine, ever changing situations. Sherry Jones Mayo has the ability as a writer to draw you into the stories, you feel an affinity for both the
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Betty
You may never have the opportunity to read a book like this again. This true life documentation is an interesting look into the quality and care presented in the most traumatic incidents. Sometimes sad, sometimes humorous, the first part deals with Sherry Jones Mayo's time served as a paramedic. Vignettes of life, injury and death on the run. As with all traumatic jobs, there must be comic relief, and so there is, the "gallows humor" method of retaining one's sanity in an insane world. I do not ...more
Cheryl
Jul 21, 2009 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Confessions of a Trauma Junkie is a collaboration of true stories straight from the people who were there at the scene...the emergency workers. Sherry Jones Mayo did a great job of putting this book together.

This book is split up into four different sections about emergency service personnel. The first section involves stories about the ones who usually respond to the call. The next section shows the readers that even emergency responders are human too and sometimes they cry. There is just one
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Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Jul 15, 2009 Holly (2 Kids and Tired) rated it really liked it
Honest and engrossing. I enjoyed this first responder perspective. Sherry Jones Mayo has been an EMT, Emergency Room Nurse and a Critical Incident counselor. She brings the reader into the ER and into the ambulance. So much of our medical experience is from television shows like ER and House, and Grey's Anatomy. But, unless you're a medical professional, you have no way of understanding the experience and pressure Emergency Service Personnel face on a daily basis. These people choose these ...more
Wendy Hines
Jun 01, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it
One of my favorite TV shows is ER, especially the first few seasons because Clooney is in it. But TV isn't the same as reality, as we all know. In Confessions of a Trauma Junkie, Sherry Jones Mayo takes us on an unforgettable ride, and I'm not just talking about an ambulance ride.

The book does open with the ambulance though, as Sherry is a paramedic. As the book progresses, so does Sherry through the ER and an on scene critical incident debriefer for Hurricane Katrina.

Through-out the journey, th
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Lacie Driscol
Mar 27, 2016 Lacie Driscol rated it it was ok
Started off ok, but by the end I was skimming pages just to be done. The stories of patients were good, but I was often unsure whose voice she was telling them in, and in some cases, (particularly the woman who swallowed the pills), I had no clue why the story was included.
Owen
Jul 25, 2009 Owen rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book about how the impact of traumatic experiences affect the very people who respond to that trauma (emergency responders - EMT's, paramedics, firefighters, etc...). This is a very good book.
Dawn
Mar 16, 2014 Dawn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
this book was an ok read! It was good at the beginning but by the middle I was ready for it to be over!
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A graduate student in psychology, Sherry Jones Mayo is a paramedic, trauma nurse, and crisis interventionist who led a national paramilitary crisis response team and continues conducting crisis management training throughout the U.S.
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