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About Sherry Lynn Jones
Jones, Sherry Lynn, EdD, MS, RN, FAAETS, EMTP (Ret.)
Sherry Lynn Jones is a registered nurse, QMPH, and retired paramedic with more than 25 years’ combined experience in EMS, trauma center ERs, and psych/corrections nursing (in chorus with civilian and paramilitary CISM response). A lieutenant colonel with Civil Air Patrol, Auxiliary of the USAF’s Total Force, Sherry was one of the key architects in introducing and developing CAP's CISM Program. She served as CAP’s National CISM Director providing training, staff development, and strategic responses that included air crashes and Joint Task Force Katrina.
Sherry’s education includes a doctorate in adult education, and a master’s degree in psychology specializing in crisis management and response. Her dissertation, Nurses’ Occupational Trauma Exposure, Resilience, and Coping Education, revealed gaps in nurses’ training and practice, particularly regarding self-care.
Sherry is the author of a Trauma Junkie anthology, has published in numerous books (also as Sherry Jones Mayo), magazines, and journals. Sherry is a faculty member and approved instructor for multiple ICISF courses (International Critical Incident Stress Foundation). An elected board member of the Michigan Crisis Response Association (MCRA), Sherry lives in Michigan and serves as CEO of Education Resource Strategies.
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More Confessions shares the raw and honest feelings of emergency service professionals through true 'story behind the story' revelations. Disclosing experiences from both sides of the gurney, Sherry and other EMS, ER, paramilitary, and firefighter responders walk you along their fragile line of sanity. Using humor as a life raft during perfect storms, workers reflect upon how they endure and survive personal and professional tragedy while trying not to care too much, and what happens when they fail in that attempt. A graduate student in psychology, Sherry is a paramedic, trauma nurse, and crisis interventionist who led a national paramilitary crisis response team and continues conducting crisis management training throughout the U.S.
Emergency Service Professionals Praise More Confessions
"Once again, Sherry brings to life the overlooked or, too often, over-hyped world of the emergency services for all to experience. She does so with a vitality and spirit that makes her prose almost poetic. If you want to glimpse the amazing world of EMS from 'behind the curtain, ' More Confessions is for you. Highest recommendations." --Rev. Don Brown, B.A., M.Div., Flight Paramedic (retired), Chaplain, Lt. Col., CAP (retired); Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Grand Saline, TX
"More Confessions will take you to the edge of first responder insanity with honesty and integrity. Sherry has once again opened our world to the reader by cleverly describing the unbelievable experiences that we have every day. This book is the real deal!" --Peter Volkmann, MSW, EMT, Chief-Stockport NY Police Department.
"Through the venue of real and personable human experience stories, Sherry's More Confessions is a powerfully written sequel that provides key insights into the need for those who work in emergency and disaster response, as well as their families, to actively and purposely recognize and consistently address their physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. All who read this book will be touched deeply in some way." --Harvey J. Burnett, Jr., PhD, LP, President, Michigan Crisis Response Association Sergeant, Buchanan Police Department Assistant Professor of Psychology, Behavioral Sciences Dept., Andrews University
From the Reflections of America Series at Modern History Press
Medical: Allied Health Services - Emergency Medical Services
Share the innermost feelings of emergency services workers as they encounter trauma, tragedy, redemption, and even a little humor. Sherry Jones Mayo has been an Emergency Medical Technician, Emergerncy Room Nurse, and an on-scene critical incident debriefer for Hurricane Katrina. Most people who have observed or experienced physical, mental or emotional crisis have single perspectives. This
book allows readers to stand on both sides of the gurney; it details a progression from innocence to enlightened caregiver to burnout, glimpsing into each stage personally and professionally.
Emergency Service Professionals Praise Confessions of a Trauma Junkie
"A must read for those who choose to subject themselves to life at its best and at
its worst. Sherry offers insight in the Emergency Response business that most people
--Maj Gen Richard L. Bowling, former Commanding General, USAF Auxiliary (CAP)
"Sherry Mayo shares experiences and unique personal insights of first responders.
Told with poetry, sensitivity and a touch of humor at times, all are real, providing
views into realities EMTs, Nurses, and other first responders encounter. Recommended
reading for anyone working with trauma, crises, critical incidents in any
-- George W. Doherty, MS, LPC, President Rocky Mountain Region Disaster Mental Health Institute
"Sherry has captured the essence of working with people who have witnessed
trauma. It made me cry, it made me laugh, it helped me to understand differently
the work of our Emergency Services Personnel. I consider this a 'MUST READ' for
all of us who wish to be helpful to those who work in these professions."
--Dennis Potter, LMSW, CAAC, FAAETS, ICISF Instructor
"Confessions of a Trauma Junkie is an honest, powerful, and moving account of
the emotional realities of helping others! Sherry Mayo gives us a privileged look
into the healing professions she knows firsthand. The importance of peer support
is beautifully illustrated. This book will deepen the readers respect for those who
--Victor Welzant, PsyD, Director of Education and Training The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc
From the Reflections of America Series
Modern History Press
Medical : Allied Health Services - Emergency Medical Services
Biography & Autobiography : Medical - General
Psychology : Psychopathology - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder