In emergency medicine, there are times when practitioners are involved in situations that are stressful. It is not unusual to find yourself affected by an adverse incident or a particularly confronting case. Therefore it is important to have some coping strategies.
There are times when you can feel hopelessly inadequate, and others around appear self-confident and assured. These outward appearances can be quite different from how other people feel. Anyone working in this challenging environment feels like this some of the time, particularly after a critical incident.
Talk to others about how you are feeling after any stressful event. They can often share details of their experiences to help you maintain perspective. This might be with a colleague whom you respect, admire and can talk to.
Some departments and organisations have a formal structure in place for debriefs, sometimes with professional facilitators. If one is offered where you work and you think it would be beneficial, ensure you know when they are occurring and can have the time from other duties to attend.