Wellness in the ED- Working with Friends that Become Family
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Editor's Note: The following submission, by Dr. Julie Sanicola-Johnson, is a very potent reminder of the importance of developing and nurturing positive working relationships within our work environment. This was a timely essay to counter the feelings generated by Dr. Louis Caplan's comments in Maureen Dowd's 05/02/15 NY Times' article, Stroke of Fate, and the firestorm of negativity and anger it generated among our members. To counter the bullying we see in medicine, we create environments which encourage professional cohesiveness - ultimately improving patient care and outcomes, as well as our own wellness and health.
What is it exactly that makes “work” not work? Is it because you enjoy spending time with your coworkers? Is it because your coworkers have become an actual work family? Is it because no matter what stressful things you go through at work, you know you will have people with you, on your side, to help you through it?
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Ways of Coping with an EM Career… One of the issues in our field is dealing with the overnight shift. Pictured here is the "shed" which I built in my backyard. I had found that as the children grew, their ability to allow me to sleep before going on overnight duty was an issue and at times interfered with getting adequate rest before a shift. My solution was to build this structure (with heat, electricity, and phone) as my escape. It was my up north cabin on the south side of my lot - a personal space to take a mental and physical sabbatical.
Randall M. Levin, MD, FACEP
Even when our world appears to be upside down, we can still be as strong as the strongest tree through balance and the strength of our spirit. - Editor
One Artist’s Perspective
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Editor's Note: The following article, “One Artist’s Perspective,” was written by Michael Stillwater (presently residing in Switzerland), an inspirational consultant, a renowned and award-winning songwriter, singer, photographer and film producer working with multimedia. He hosts wellness retreats for the healthcare field worldwide.
The arts have always enjoyed a positive relationship with wellness, both in expression and reflective effect.
To give expression to any art- whether drawing or painting, singing, sculpting, writing prose or poetry, dancing, photography or filmmaking - releases stress while providing a variety of pathways for one’s inner storyteller.