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This article was originally published in the Summer 2020 Issue of Critical Connections.
Intensive care unit (ICU) clinicians tend to pride themselves on their ability to care for others, even if it is at the expense of taking care of themselves. Some think of this mantra of "others before me" as a badge of honor, according to James C. Jackson, PhD, PsyD, research professor and assistant director of the ICU Recovery Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Jackson has a strong message to these clinicians: Now is not the time to dismiss your own needs.
As children leave the pediatric intensive care unit, parents may notice changes. Some children may have additional needs after a stay in the PICU. This video aims to share stories and examples that exemplify challenges after a PICU stay.