Nursing Management: Compassion Fatigue

Have you heard of Compassion Fatigue? Have you or your members of staff been impacted by this? Take the time to read this article published in the Journal of Trauma Nursing as it may provide some interesting insight and be relevant regardless of the area you are working in.”The term “compassion fatigue” evolved from such names as secondary post traumatic stress, secondary victimisation, and vicarious trauma. Compassion fatigue was first described by a nurse as a concept from her work with emergency department personnel. It has been defined as a combination of physical, emotional, and spiritual depletion associated with caring for patients in significant emotional pain and physical distress. Compassion fatigue affects nurses in terms of not only job satisfaction and emotional and physical health but also the workplace environment by decreasing productivity and increasing turnover. It can also have a negative impact on nurses’ personal relationships.”

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