Consequently, these caregivers may be at increased risk of becoming mentally and physically drained, thus resulting in compassion fatigue
In order to be a well-rounded healthcare professional not at risk of burnout or compassion fatigue
, the healthcare practitioner should recognise him/herself as a resource that needs nurturing and care, rather than a limitless skilled tool at the mercy of their environment.
can happen slowly over time, or it can come on suddenly.
It has long been observed that qualities that make counselors effective with their clients--such as empathy, compassion, and caring--may also leave them vulnerable to such negative outcomes as compassion fatigue
and burnout (Figley, 1995; Lawson, Venart, Hazier, & Kottler, 2007; Pines & Maslach, 1978).
Now that the holiday season is over, many of us are suffering from compassion fatigue
The caring professions, including nursing, have a higher risk of compassion fatigue
Stress-related psychological disorders like burn out syndrome, anxiety, depression and compassion fatigue
are common among health care professionals, especially nurses.
The idea that nurses and other professional caregivers are susceptible to what has come to be known as "compassion fatigue
" has received wide-spread acceptance; however, the long-term effect of compassion fatigue
on non-professional caregivers has received far less focus.
Without a structured program of help, nurses unknowingly may slip into a condition known as compassion fatigue
, a combination of burnout and secondary traumatic stress from witnessing the suffering of others, becoming indifferent and irritable, showing poor judgment, and permanently losing their "ability to nurture.
Also presenting at the meeting was WNA Secretary Kathryn Schroeter, who spoke about compassion fatigue
, burnout, and workplace bullying.
The wide-ranging impact of stress is examined, placing particular emphasis on compassion fatigue
and the burnout syndrome.
Creating an illusory epidemic of sex trafficking wastes public money, drives compassion fatigue
, and deprives Americans of the information they need to fight real problems-like the violence against sex workers Whalen mentions, and the difficulty minority youth have in getting contraceptive supplies, information, and the motivation to act responsibly.