can be especially prevalent among health practitioners, nurses, and first responders.
Professionals that work with victims of trauma are at risk for experiencing compassion fatigue
. Joinson (1992) defined the concept of compassion fatigue
(CF) in nurses as a type of burnout that their profession set them up for and of which they would almost likely experience at some point.
I hope this information will provide readers with the knowledge that they are not alone in having feelings of compassion fatigue
. I also hope it encourages those veterinarians experiencing compassion fatigue
to find ways to help improve their quality of life, both inside and outside of work, and to seek help if they need it.
People in helping professions are at high risk for burnout and compassion fatigue
. Nurses who provide care to others, especially in oncology, hospice, and long-term care settings, are at risk of developing burnout and compassion fatigue
Individuals suffering from compassion fatigue
may begin to experience the physical and emotional trauma that results from caring for others in need (Glicken & Robinson, 2013).
is the physical, emotional, and spiritual result of chronic self-sacrifice and/or prolonged exposure to difficult situations that renders a person unable to love, nurture, care for, or empathize with another's suffering.
Treating Compassion Fatigue
. New York: BrunnerRoutledge; 2002:107-19.
Countering compassion fatigue
: A requisite nursing agenda.
* Conduct intervention studies testing strategies to alleviate compassion fatigue
and moral distress to maintain a healthy workforce.
The increase in nurse burnout and compassion fatigue
has been the subject of numerous studies, books, and articles.
There had been a huge surge in research about moral distress, compassion fatigue
and burnout in nursing, associated with risk factors of anxiety and depression.
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