Effects Of Compassion Fatigue In Nursing

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Compassion Fatigue in Nursing
One responsibility of performing nursing care is caring for patients who are terminally ill, nervous, depressed, in pain, worried, and in very poor health. It is easy for a nurse to indulge herself or himself in patient problems as if they are their own. When maintaining a close, personal relationship with the patients the nurse cares for every day, the nurses also feel the sting of pain, death, and illness of their patients. Dealing with situations such as these for long periods of time in the work environment, nurses are very susceptible to developing compassion fatigue. The term compassion fatigue has been used since the 1990’s to define situations where nurses experience feelings of helplessness and displeasure or cut off their own feelings in response to the stress they feel seeing their patients go through times of devastating illnesses or trauma (Kolthoff & Hickman, 2016). Compassion fatigue is also referred to as secondary traumatic stress disorder and can be just as serious as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It can affect nurses in providing care, which is why it is important for everyone to be aware of the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue, and know what can be done to prevent or treat this type of traumatization. The effects of compassion fatigue on nurses are prevalent and very serious. This type of state can affect how nurses care for their patients, how nurses care for themselves, and their overall
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