A few years ago, I began to think about how we are caring for those who care. Maybe I was slow to fully realise this, but as I worked with others in the helping profession, I see how orphaned many of us feel. Orphaned in a sense that we receive little to no guidance after becoming licensed, accredited or graduated. Most PD activities doesn’t seem to address this.
Some might call the experience of wounds and betrayals that they carry from the workplace as moral injuries; others feel like their development is of no concern to those who hire them; many are teetering on the brink of burnout.
More so than ever, in the fatiguingly long drawn-out course of this pandemic, I worry about you and me, and our friends in healthcare enterprise. After all, healthcare is people care. We need to care for those who care for others, simply because they are also people.
Do you have thoughts and suggestions about how we can support each other in a sustainable way?
Communities are formed not from our strengths and successes, but a willingness to bring our brokenness to the table. I would love to hear your input about this in the comments below.