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Flashback Girl

Lise Deguire

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At the age of four, Dr. Lise Deguire suffered third-degree burns on 65% of her body as the result of both maternal and corporate negligence. Against the odds, she lived through the trauma, beginning decades of treatment as a burn survivor...and this is just part of her compelling story

Overcome: Burned, Blinded, and Blessed

Carmen Tarleton

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June 10, 2007, Carmen Blandin Tarleton's estranged husband broke into her rural Vermont home, beat her with a baseball bat, and doused her with industrial-strength lye. Doctors called it "THE MOST HORRIFIC INJURY A HUMAN BEING COULD SUFFER." Tarleton spent the next three and a half months in a medically induced coma, and when she awoke, it was to an unimaginable reality: she was blind and permanently disfigured, with burns covering more than eighty percent of her body. Her recovery would include months of painful rehab, dozens of surgeries, and total dependence on family, friends, and strangers for physical and financial care. With so much taken away, no one could have anticipated what Tarleton would gain from her experience: an awakening. A purpose. Joy. By sharing her struggles and ultimate victory over catastrophic loss, Tarleton proves that life is a choice-and, in the process, offers a rare glimpse into the best and worst corners of the human heart. 

Reason For Living

George Pessotti

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George Pessotti chronicles his near-death experience from a gasoline explosion in 1979 which resulted in burns over 85% of his body. A passionate advocate for the burn survivor community, George has dedicated his life to supporting those who have experienced the trauma of a burn injury.


Can You See My Scars?

Can You See My Scars? is a story of trauma, adversity, healing, and recovery. Samuel, a young man about to begin his sophomore year of high school, accepts a job that culminates in a chemical explosion leaving Samuel with severe burns on his face, neck, and arms. The tragic and sudden accident sets Samuel on an unpredictable journey of healing, recovery, and acceptance.

ANA Recognizes Burn Nursing as New Specialty Nursing Practice


Aug 12th 2020

From ANA Enterprise "Nursing World"


SILVER SPRING, MD – The American Nurses Association (ANA), representing the interests of the nation’s more than 4 million nurses, announces the formal recognition of burn nursing as a nursing specialty.

Burn nursing incorporates best practices to promote health and wellness for all who are impacted by burn injury, including the patient, family, support system, and community. Burn nursing also focuses on prevention of injury and associated illness and participates in community reintegration while advocating for populations at risk. Burn nurses determine their own actions through independent choice within the full scope of nursing practice and engage in interprofessional collaboration to optimize the health and function of individuals affected by burn injury and their families with known or predicted financial burden, physiologic, psychological, or social alterations. Burn nursing actively promotes and conducts research to improve best practices and outcomes.

“The American Nurses Association is excited to officially recognize burn nursing practice as a nursing specialty. This recognition will help highlight the essential role of burn nurses and the function of burn nursing practice across the health care spectrum,” said ANA President, Ernest Grant, PHD, RN, FAAN. “Burn nursing is a challenging and rewarding discipline that demands all of one’s nursing expertise. I am especially enthused about this recognition because I was a burn nurse for over 35 years of my nursing career. This work fulfilled my passion for community service and education, motivating me to also get involved in advocacy work at the state and national level.”

The American Burn Association (ABA), which promotes and supports burn-related research, education, care, rehabilitation, and prevention, is pleased with this important distinction.

“The American Burn Association is honored by ANA's recognition of burn nursing as a specialty,” said ABA Nursing Professional Certification Committee Chair, Gretchen J. Carrougher, MN, RN. “This recognition is a true milestone for our specialty. It acknowledges the required expertise for the many professional nurses who provide specialty burn care through all phases of injury recovery and rehabilitation.”

Burn nurses are specially educated and trained to treat, support, and promote recovery of those sustaining a burn injury. Their care also includes prevention and educational activities. Burn Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice (2020), an important professional resource, is in production and will be available at in the near future.

ANA is the neutral reviewing body of specialty nursing scope of practice statements and standards of practice, requests for specialty recognition, and more recently affirmation of focused practice competencies.

About the American Nurses Association

The American Nurses Association (ANA) is the premier organization representing the interests of the nation's 4 million registered nurses. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting a safe and ethical work environment, bolstering the health and wellness of nurses, and advocating on health care issues that affect nurses and the public. ANA is at the forefront of improving the quality of health care for all. For more information, visit

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