In this thought-provoking editorial, Drs Savel and Munro precisely expressed the essence of being a successful critical care nurse. I have witnessed and have personally experienced the results of “a lack of balance.” When we allow ourselves to be injured by the perception of others’ thinking that we don’t care, we fall victim to emotional distress and burnout. When we learn to accept the patient and family in their vulnerable state as not responsible for their reactions toward us, we are able to facilitate a healing milieu. Only with experience, personal self-control, and reflection can we achieve this desired balance.

As the authors point out, it is through self-reflection, personal recognition, and self-control that we find compassion and equilibrium. This equilibrium sustains our spirits where others become spent and unable to effectively provide professional critical care. I agree with their spot-on point, “that...

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