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Combating Compassion Fatigue
Sweety Jose
HLT-310V Spirituality in Health Care
Grand Canyon University
March 10, 2013

Combating Compassion Fatigue
Compassion is a complex feeling that allows health care workers to hold and maintain themselves in emotional balance while balancing between patient's suffering and own hopefulness. Compassion needs an internal assurance and obsession of personal beliefs. Compassion is the spirit of nursing care, it is the most essential value of nursing care. Joinson(1992) described the term compassion fatigue first time. Compassion fatigue or burnout usually seen in the health care workers such as nurses and psychotherapist. compassion fatigue is due to the physical and emotional stress of the negative environment from workplace and also from the patient's physical and emotional needs. Health care workers experience physically exhausted with somatic complains such as headache, depression, irritability, and anger. Compassion fatigue rises progressively when the health care workers ignore the symptoms of stress and do not focus on their personal emotional needs.

"Compassion fatigue was first acknowledged in the 1950 mostly among the health care workers who provides care to trauma or in crisis patients (Coe, nd). As per Coe compassion fatigue gradually decreases the a person’s capability to offer compassion. One of the crucial components of health care worker is providing care with compassion. Health care workers undergo an emotional crisis is known as compassion fatigue. Most of the times compassion fatigue arises due to the circumstances came across by health care workers and the pain they experience for the clients they take care for. Compassion is one of the essential characteristics executed into patient care by health care workers. Compassion is a emotion of deep kindness and sorrow for another who is suffering by bad luck, go with a strong wish to lessen the agony. Health care workers and nurses...
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