Who cares for the care-givers?
From the Wall Street Journal: Helping Nurses Cope With Compassion Fatigue
New programs are underway to help nurses cope with compassion fatigue, an occupational hazard for caregivers that also puts patients at risk of substandard care….
Though the intense emotional demands on nurses are as old as the profession itself, researchers have only in recent years begun to study the effects of compassion fatigue, a form of burnout compounded by secondary traumatic stress….
It’s good to see that this article discusses the impact of compassion fatigue not just on nurses, but also on patients. But of course, while impact on patient care is the ‘trump card’ of the world of healthcare, it shouldn’t be forgotten that institutions of all kinds have a fundamental obligation to safeguard the mental and emotional health of employees.