From fires to shootings and gruesome crashes, they see it all first hand.

First responders and trauma nurses deal with incredible pressure on the job, and due to the busy, urgent nature of their work, addressing stress can take the back seat.

“We take care of people day in and day out, and the last person we take care of is ourselves,” said Nicole Parrett, who has worked as a registered nurse in a Sanford emergency department for 12 years.

“You see people with back pain, you see people with a cough, and then your next patient might be a trauma — a horrible car accident that involves a whole family. Deaths. You see everything,” she explained. “Your emotions go up and down on a day-to-day basis.”

To help area emergency workers and nurses cope with the stressors of the job, Sanford Health on Tuesday, March 3, hosted a peer assistance training session.

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