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ISSN: 2167-1168

Journal of Nursing & Care
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19th Global Nursing Education Conference
April 27-28, 2017 Las Vegas, USA

Linda Sage
Linda Sage Solutions, UK
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Nurs Care
DOI: 10.4172/2167-1168-C1-044
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Statement of the Problem: Compassion fatigue puts healthcare workers and patients at risk. Everyday care workers struggle to function in care giving environments that present heart wrenching emotional challenges. Compassion Fatigue (CF), the profound emotional and physical erosion takes place when helpers cannot refuel and regenerate. Helping professionals open their hearts and minds to clients/patients makes helpers vulnerable to be profoundly affected and possibly damaged. Burnout is a physical and emotional exhaustion experienced, when there is low job satisfaction, feeling powerless and overwhelmed. Signs of CF and Burnout overtaxed by work, shows similar symptoms to traumatized clients, difficulty in concentrating, intrusive imagery, feeling discouraged, hopelessness, exhaustion, irritability, high attrition (helpers leaving) and negative, dispirited, cynical workers remaining in the field, boundary violations which affect the workplace and create a toxic environment. Factors which affect the CF & Burnout? The Individual: Life circumstances, coping style, personality type. Life stressors i.e., taking care of both young children and aging parents, in addition to managing a heavy & complex workload. Helpers are not immune to pain in their own lives; they can be vulnerable to life changes such as divorce and addictions. The Situation: Helpers often do work, others don’t want to hear about; spend time caring for people who are not valued or understood in society, homeless, abused, incarcerated or chronically ill. The working environment is often stressful and fraught. Their work is very stressful with clients/patients who are experiencing chronic crises, difficulty controlling their emotion, or who may not get better. What can be done? The following are the things to be done to overcome the problem: Working in a healthy organization, access to supportive, flexible management, reduction of trauma exposure, ongoing staff education timely, good quality supervision, reducing hours working directly with traumatized individuals. Personal strategies: Strong social support, home & work; increased selfawareness, regular self-care. Making life changes, prioritize personal health/wellness develop stress resiliency skills.
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