This is a really tricky system, I have to say. What I know is, I have spoken to many people who have been traumatised by this system. I've spoken to many nurses who have found it very difficult to work in this environment. There is a significant amount of exposure to vicarious trauma for those who work in this field.
You are always dealing with the possibility of high emotions and experiences of the people using your service. I'm a trauma therapist and I make sure that I have good supervision and support for the heavy work I do. When I think of the medical profession in general, I am not aware of any support as I have mentioned. This leaves professionals in this field open to overwhelm.
There may be symptoms such as addictions, anxiety, fatigue and sleeping issues and gut issues to name a few, that begin to show up over the years.
Your work is like mine in the way that we can be faced with life and death situations. We are asked to sit with people in the depth of despair and trauma. We need to be able to fill ourselves up so we can give to these people in the way we wanted to when we first began our profession.
I can give you some understanding that you may not have received before.