Informed Patient: Helping Nurses Cope With Compassion Fatigue

January 6, 2012

Category: Nursing News

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, today’s Informed Patient column reports.

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. Read More