Confessions of a Trauma Junkie: My Life as a Nurse Paramedic

Share the innermost thoughts and feelings of emergency responders as they encounter trauma, tragedy, redemption, and a little humor.


My books are a peek into the world of EMS, ER, and corrections folks from those who do those jobs daily. They are comprised of essays and quotes—all true though sometimes compiled—from EMTs, correctional staff, and RNs around the country (names and some details occasionally changed to protect the guilty). This is your opportunity to share in the pain and laughter (not just the patients’, but also our own) while we go through life trying to keep from succumbing to whatever evil presents itself. We fight the enemy (death) with everything we have and try to keep a sense of humor while doing it. These are a handful of stories written by a Paramedic-RN, who has worked rural, country and city EMS as well as a city trauma center since 1989. In the years following the first Confessions, I worked as an inpatient psychiatric nurse in a state corrections facility. Please do not take offense—some of the items shared are less than politically correct.

Walk a mile in our shoes and we will talk about what truly offends. Walk two miles and you’ll have stories of your own and a greater understanding of the sights, smells, and experiences of those who expertly do what nobody should ever have to do.