Compassion is a principal element of nursing. It’s an innate response to react with compassion when observing the emotional and physical turmoil of another human being. It is an imperative characteristic of a successful and effectual nurse. Compassion fatigue is a peculiar condition with healthcare givers and those in the healthcare. People or health care providers who are taking care of others, trying to handle stressful situations are especially susceptible to compassion fatigue.
While compassion fatigue has been observed in professional caregivers and discussed in the literature over the past two decades, a specific definition of its characteristics and corollaries has not been ...view middle of the document...
Physiological signs and symptoms include anxiety, avoidance, depression,
Hyper- arousal, memory problems, poor concentration, poor judgment, and mood swings, intrusive thoughts, lack of compassion or desensitization. Physiological signs and symptoms include fatigue, gastrointestinal problems, muscle tension, headache, and cardiac symptoms and sleep disturbance. (ENA,2014).
Workplace signs and symptoms include high absenteeism, frequent use of sick days, and lack of joy in work and lack of empathy towards the patient, decreased productivity (ENA, 2014).
WAYS TO BEAT COMPASSION FATIGUE
Recognizing that there is a problem and getting appropriate help is the first step to combating compassion fatigue for nurses and health care workers.
Talk it out: Vent out to get your frustration of your chest, talk to the right people that may include friends, family, therapist if your employer provides such services. Deep seeded issues that you are not aware of yet may be identified. Expressing your feeling will help your get to the route of your problem.
Create a Stress- Free Zone: Some nursing units provide a Stress-Free Zone at work. A room or a corner of the unit, creating a beautiful and peaceful atmosphere for intermittent time out may be designated for this purpose.
Learn to Say “No”: Know your limits both at home and work, be polite and honest when you tell someone “No” Do not compromise quality patient care by exceeding your limits. Do not hesitate to ask for assistance at home and on the job.
Establish daily healthy habits for sleeping, regularly eating and drinking water. Build enjoyable period of exercise into your week.
Nature Relationship at Work and Home: Take time to build a good relationship with your patient, colleagues, and family. Having high-quality relationships with those you...