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COMPASSION FATIGUE
When the caregiver is no longer fit for service
Pamela Nelson, RN MS, PhD
www.fitforservices.org
Compassion fatigue(CF) has become more widely
recognized as a problem that many nurses face. For
example, in a general pol...
CF creates physical and emotional distress, but it’s
not just a personal issue — it’s a patient safety issue
as well. Rese...
CaringToo Much
Compassion Fatigue occurs when we help
patients through a traumatic or life-
threatening event without payi...
COMPASSION FATIGUE
Recognized as a form of PTSD
PostTraumatic Stress Disorder
Billable treatment under ICD10-F43.12
www.fi...
Burnout vs. Compassion fatigue
www.fitforservices.org
Burnout
•Work-setting focused
•Develops slowly
•Person becomes dispassionate
•Goals aren’t achieved
www.fitforservices.org
Compassion fatigue
•Relationship- (patient- or family-) focused
•Occurs suddenly in response to a distressing
experience
•...
Who Is At Risk for Compassion Fatigue?
www.fitforservices.org
Nurses
Palliative care areas
Lawyers
Police
Chaplain
Social service workers
Ministers
Volunteers
Military Service www.fitf...
How DoYou Know If Someone Has CF?
www.fitforservices.org
Signs and symptoms of Compassion Fatigue
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Physical
•Headaches
•Digestive problems
•Cardiac problems
•Fatigue
•sleep problems
•Loss of strength
•Accidents
www.fitfor...
Psychosocial
•Emotional responses: sadness, anger, apathy,
mood swings, irritability, depression, anxiety
•Intellectual: l...
Work-related
•Absenteeism
•Expressing a desire to quit
•Being late frequently
•Avoiding intense situations
•Decline in per...
• Complains about administration
• Substance abuse
• Compulsive behaviors: overspending,
overeating, gambling, sexual addi...
When people get upset, do you try smooth
things out?
It is easier for you to "give" than to
"receive“?
Are you willing to ...
HOW DID I GET HERE?
www.fitforservices.org
DANGER SIGNALS
 Somebody has to take care of__________________
 Responsibility because of family position
 Just love to...
WHY DO WE CARE SO MUCH?
www.fitforservices.org
FORTHE BIBLETELLS ME SO
 "Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic,
love as brothers, be com...
WHATWOULD JESUS DO?
Jesus had compassion but took time to rest.
 Then, because so many people were coming and going that...
FORTHE BIBLETELLS ME SO
Don’t be a victim to compassion fatigue
Psalms 23
Psalms 37:7
Hebrews 4: 9-11
John 16:33
Philippia...
SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP
Support groups
Counselors
Other chaplains
Books
More important- accepting our limitations and
havi...
THANKYOU!
Did this presentation help you? Do you
know someone who may benefit from
this information? If so, like and share...
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Fit forservice compassion fatigue

  1. 1. COMPASSION FATIGUE When the caregiver is no longer fit for service Pamela Nelson, RN MS, PhD www.fitforservices.org
  2. 2. Compassion fatigue(CF) has become more widely recognized as a problem that many nurses face. For example, in a general poll conducted by theAmerican Nurses Association, 62% of 839 respondents reported suffering from CF, indicating that CF is prevalent among nurses. EvenTheWall Street Journal has published an article about CF. www.fitforservices.org
  3. 3. CF creates physical and emotional distress, but it’s not just a personal issue — it’s a patient safety issue as well. Research has shown that CF may increase the risk of medical errors. www.fitforservices.org
  4. 4. CaringToo Much Compassion Fatigue occurs when we help patients through a traumatic or life- threatening event without paying attention to our own physical and emotional needs. www.fitforservices.org
  5. 5. COMPASSION FATIGUE Recognized as a form of PTSD PostTraumatic Stress Disorder Billable treatment under ICD10-F43.12 www.fitforservices.org
  6. 6. Burnout vs. Compassion fatigue www.fitforservices.org
  7. 7. Burnout •Work-setting focused •Develops slowly •Person becomes dispassionate •Goals aren’t achieved www.fitforservices.org
  8. 8. Compassion fatigue •Relationship- (patient- or family-) focused •Occurs suddenly in response to a distressing experience •Person suffers emotional distress •Caretaking activities are unsuccessful www.fitforservices.org
  9. 9. Who Is At Risk for Compassion Fatigue? www.fitforservices.org
  10. 10. Nurses Palliative care areas Lawyers Police Chaplain Social service workers Ministers Volunteers Military Service www.fitforservices.org
  11. 11. How DoYou Know If Someone Has CF? www.fitforservices.org
  12. 12. Signs and symptoms of Compassion Fatigue www.fitforservices.org
  13. 13. Physical •Headaches •Digestive problems •Cardiac problems •Fatigue •sleep problems •Loss of strength •Accidents www.fitforservices.org
  14. 14. Psychosocial •Emotional responses: sadness, anger, apathy, mood swings, irritability, depression, anxiety •Intellectual: lack of attention to detail, can’t concentrate •Social responses: feelings of isolation or indifference, or loss of activities once enjoyed www.fitforservices.org
  15. 15. Work-related •Absenteeism •Expressing a desire to quit •Being late frequently •Avoiding intense situations •Decline in performance, more errors, missing meetings, www.fitforservices.org
  16. 16. • Complains about administration • Substance abuse • Compulsive behaviors: overspending, overeating, gambling, sexual addictions • Poor self-care • Legal problems, indebtedness www.fitforservices.org
  17. 17. When people get upset, do you try smooth things out? It is easier for you to "give" than to "receive“? Are you willing to sacrifice your needs to please others? Feel guilty for saying no? COMPASSION FATIGUE SELF-TEST www.fitforservices.org
  18. 18. HOW DID I GET HERE? www.fitforservices.org
  19. 19. DANGER SIGNALS  Somebody has to take care of__________________  Responsibility because of family position  Just love to help others  Can’t say no without having an excuse  Christian duty www.fitforservices.org
  20. 20. WHY DO WE CARE SO MUCH? www.fitforservices.org
  21. 21. FORTHE BIBLETELLS ME SO  "Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.“ 1 Peter 3:8  "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.“ Galatians 6:2  "And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.“ Matthew 10:42 www.fitforservices.org
  22. 22. WHATWOULD JESUS DO? Jesus had compassion but took time to rest.  Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest." So they went away in a boat by themselves to a solitary place: Mark 6:31-32 Then He said to them, the Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath. Mark 2:27 www.fitforservices.org
  23. 23. FORTHE BIBLETELLS ME SO Don’t be a victim to compassion fatigue Psalms 23 Psalms 37:7 Hebrews 4: 9-11 John 16:33 Philippians 4: 6-7 www.fitforservices.org
  24. 24. SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP Support groups Counselors Other chaplains Books More important- accepting our limitations and having faith in God that we don’t have to be all things to all people www.fitforservices.org
  25. 25. THANKYOU! Did this presentation help you? Do you know someone who may benefit from this information? If so, like and share this information on Facebook, LinkedIn . http://www.fitforservices.org www.fitforservices.org

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