Accepting the Concept of Compassion Fatigue
The concept of compassion fatigue is a term used to represent the cost of caring about and for traumatized people. It is the emotional residue of exposure to working with the suffering, particularly those suffering from the consequences of traumatic events. Professionals who work with people, particularly those who are suffering, must contend with not only the “normal” levels of stress or dissatisfaction with work, but also with emotional and personal feelings for the suffering. Nurses are among the professionals especially vulnerable to compassion fatigue along with emergency care workers, counselors, mental health professionals, medical professionals, clergy, advocate volunteers, and human service workers. Do you ever feel as though you are losing your sense of self to the clients you serve? Have you experienced lingering feelings of helplessness, frustration, or anger, especially following a particularly stressful situation? Do you feel too tired, have you become more cynical, or feel very isolated and alone? You may be suffering from compassion fatigue.

Course Publication Date: April 29, 2019

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Author:Denise L. Gray RN, MAS, BSN, CCM
Course No:CF041019
Contact Hours:1.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Category:Career and Self
Community & Home Health
Critical Care Medicine
Geriatric Medicine
Medical & Surgical Issues
Oncologic Medicine
Oregon AFH / AMH / APD / DD
Pediatric Medicine
Professional Issues
Psychiatric & Mental Health
Learning Objectives
  • Be able to define cardinal signs of compassion fatigue.
  • Recognize symptoms related to anxiety and depression
  • Be aware of nurses’ vulnerability to compassion fatigue
  • Assess personal risk for compassion fatigue
  • Develop a self-care plan to prevent and/or overcome compassion fatigue


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