Nursing compassion fatigue

Nursing compassion fatigue
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What is compassion fatigue?
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 (Harris & Griffin, 2015).
What is the common sign and symptoms of compassion fatigue?
Chronic exhaustion (emotional, physical, or both)
Reduced feelings of sympathy or empathy
Dreading working for or taking care of another and feeling guilty as a result
Feelings of irritability, anger, or anxiety
Hypersensitivity or complete insensitivity to emotional material
Feelings of inequity toward the therapeutic or caregiver relationship
Trouble sleeping
Weight loss
Impaired decision-making
Problems in personal relationships
Poor work-life balance
Diminished sense of career fulfillment
What cause/risk traits for compassion fatigue?
Critical care work
High mortality rates
Lack of support from peers
Unstable management
Stress at home
How to combatting compassion fatigue?
Caring for yourself.
Focus on building your resilience.
Engage in stress reduction/hobbies.
Connect with other colleagues and friends outside of work.
Expressive writing/keep a journal.
Get educated about compassion fatigue sign & symptoms.
Set emotional boundaries.
Use positive coping strategies.
Seek personal therapy.
(, 2016).
Image: How to combatting compassion fatigue?
Authentic and sustainable self care:
• Be kind to yourself.
• Enhance your awareness with education.
• Accept where you are on your path at all times.
• Understand that those close to you may not be there when you need them most.
• Exchange information and feelings with people who can validate you.
• Listen to others who are suffering.
• Clarify your personal boundaries. What works for you; what doesn't.
• Express your needs verbally.
• Take positive action to change your environment.
How to healing from nursing compassion fatigue?
Can involve regular exercise, healthy eating habits, enjoyable social activities, journaling, and restful sleep