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  •  ^One of my favorite shows (6+ / 0-)

    I am working towards my BSN now, once I have that finished I will get specialty training in forensic nursing, and get certified as a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner). I want to specialize in pediatrics. I know there is no way to mentally prepare myself for what that job will entail. I am setting myself up for a lifetime of being haunted and having my heart broken, but it is something I have thought long and hard about and I can't see myself doing anything else.

    You must work-we must all work-to make a world that is worthy of its children -Pablo Casals Please support TREE Climbers for victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

    by SwedishJewfish on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 08:30:27 AM PST

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    •  Be careful and examine your own motives. (10+ / 0-)

      If you are going into the field as a form of self-therapy, it might not be helpful.  Dr. Fritz Perls once said, "If the holes in your head match the holes in the patient's head, no therapy can take place."

      Perls was right. Just be careful and do not pursue that unless you are in therapy yourself with a competent therapist who understands PTSD. In fact, I would not even consider a therapist who is a sex violence victim, for the reasons Dr. Perls mentioned. There is a good reason that many psychiatric and psychology residency programs require the resident to undergo therapy before being allowed to practice.  

      The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand. - Sun Tzu

      by Otteray Scribe on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 08:53:50 AM PST

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      •  It is definitely not for self-therapy (8+ / 0-)

        Even before I was sexually abused, I wanted to be a detective. Forensic nursing is more about evidence collection, preserving the crime scene when it is in the form of a living body that has been impacted by violence. My experiences make me  more empathetic and I think that will help me be a better nurse.

        I still have a few more years to go though, before I'm going to even be finished with my BSN. I am now, for the first time ever, in intensive, regular treatment with a trauma therapist who I really connect with. I also go to group therapy for DBT. I plan on continuing that, and when it comes to the point where I need to make a final decision about pursuing that career path, I will be better equipped.

        And one of the great things about nursing is if it ends up not being the right job for me, I can just choose another path. Many nurses work in a variety of different settings before they find a "home", some are always changing.

        You must work-we must all work-to make a world that is worthy of its children -Pablo Casals Please support TREE Climbers for victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

        by SwedishJewfish on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 09:30:03 AM PST

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      •  Couldn't agree more, OS (7+ / 0-)

        and I say that as a survivor.

        "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

        by Onomastic on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 09:37:22 AM PST

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