Clinical Guide: Compassion Fatigue

It seems like compassion fatigue (and its sisters, vicarious trauma and burnout) don’t get nearly enough attention in our professional circles. But really, they should–a recent study found that 85% of emergency department nurses surveyed reported moderate to high levels of compassion fatigue. I’d be interested in what the results would look like if they surveyed a group of forensic clinicians.

Many people have read and liked Trauma Stewardship; I personally enjoyed parts, could leave other parts entirely. But it’s a worthwhile read (and I think if you ever wanted to have a book discussion with your team, this would be a good selection). If you’re not talking about it with your colleagues (and not just clinician colleagues), it’s time. Chances are good someone you know is struggling with this. And it might be one of the top 3 issues impacting staff retention in our programs right now.

Articles (Peer Review Journals)

Burnout and Doctors: Prevalence, Prevention and Intervention

Kumar S. Burnout and Doctors: Prevalence, Prevention and Intervention. (FULL-TEXT). Healthcare 2016, 4(3), 37; doi:10.3390/healthcare4030037.
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Burnout, Vicarious Traumatization And Its Prevention

Pross C. Burnout, Vicarious Traumatization And Its Prevention. (FULL-TEXT). Torture. 2006;16(1):1-9.
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Compassion Fatigue: A Nurse’s Primer.

Lombardo B, Eyre C. Compassion Fatigue: A Nurse’s Primer. (FULL-TEXT). Online J Issues Nurs. 2011 Jan 31;16(1):3. doi: 10.3912/OJIN.Vol16No01Man03.
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Compassion Fatigue among Healthcare, Emergency and Community Service Workers: A Systematic Review

Cocker F, Joss N. Compassion Fatigue among Healthcare, Emergency and Community Service Workers: A Systematic Review. (FULL-TEXT). Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2016 Jun 22;13(6). pii: E618. doi: 10.3390/ijerph13060618.
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Compassion Satisfaction, Burnout, And Compassion Fatigue Among Emergency Nurses Compared With Nurses In Other Selected Inpatient Specialties

Hooper C, Craig J, Janvrin DR, Wetsel MA, Reimels E. Compassion Satisfaction, Burnout, And Compassion Fatigue Among Emergency Nurses Compared With Nurses In Other Selected Inpatient Specialties. J Emerg Nurs. 2010 Sep;36(5):420-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2009.11.027.
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Countering Compassion Fatigue: A Requisite Nursing Agenda

Boyle DA. Countering Compassion Fatigue: A Requisite Nursing Agenda. (FULL-TEXT). Online J Issues Nurs. 2011 Jan 31;16(1):2. doi: 10.3912/OJIN.Vol16No01Man02.
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Exposing Compassion Fatigue and Burnout Syndrome in a Trauma Team: A Qualitative Study

Berg GM, Harshbarger JL, Ahlers-Schmidt CR, Lippoldt D. Exposing Compassion Fatigue and Burnout Syndrome in a Trauma Team: A Qualitative Study. J Trauma Nurs. 2016 Jan-Feb;23(1):3-10. doi: 10.1097/JTN.0000000000000172.
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Intervening to Improve Compassion Fatigue Resiliency in Forensic Nurses

Flarity K, Nash K, Jones W, Steinbruner D. Intervening to Improve Compassion Fatigue Resiliency in Forensic Nurses. Adv Emerg Nurs J. 2016 Apr-Jun;38(2):147-56. doi: 10.1097/TME.0000000000000101.
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Maintaining Compassion And Preventing Compassion Fatigue: A Practical Guide

Baverstock AC, Finlay FO. Maintaining Compassion And Preventing Compassion Fatigue: A Practical Guide. Arch Dis Child Educ Pract Ed. 2016 Aug;101(4):170-4. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2015-308582.
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Relationships Between Nurses' Empathy, Self-Compassion And Dimensions Of Professional Quality Of Life: A Cross-Sectional Study

Duarte J, Pinto-Gouveia J, Cruz B. Relationships Between Nurses' Empathy, Self-Compassion And Dimensions Of Professional Quality Of Life: A Cross-Sectional Study. Int J Nurs Stud. 2016 Aug;60:1-11. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2016.02.015.
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Understanding Compassion Fatigue in Healthcare Providers: A Review of Current Literature

Sorenson C, Bolick B, Wright K, Hamilton R. Understanding Compassion Fatigue in Healthcare Providers: A Review of Current Literature. J Nurs Scholarsh. 2016 Jun 28. doi: 10.1111/jnu.12229.
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Vicarious Trauma Among Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners

Raunick CB, Lindell DF, Morris DL, Backman T. Vicarious Trauma Among Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners. J Forensic Nurs. 2015 Jul-Sep;11(3):123-8; quiz E1. doi: 10.1097/JFN.0000000000000085. (CE available for purchase)
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Vicarious Traumatization: Concept Analysis

Tabor PD. Vicarious Traumatization: Concept Analysis. J Forensic Nurs. 2011 Dec;7(4):203-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-3938.2011.01115.x.
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Vicarious Traumatization, Secondary Traumatic Stress, And Burnout In Sexual Assault And Domestic Violence Agency Staff

Baird S, Jenkins SR. Vicarious Traumatization, Secondary Traumatic Stress, And Burnout In Sexual Assault And Domestic Violence Agency Staff. Violence Vict. 2003 Feb;18(1):71-86.
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Why Emotions Matter: Age, Agitation, and Burnout Among Registered Nurses

Erickson R, Grove WJ. Why Emotions Matter: Age, Agitation, and Burnout Among Registered Nurses. (FULL-TEXT). Online J Issues Nurs 2008, 13(1).
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Articles (General Literature)

A Manager’s Guide: Seven Visible Signs That Your Nurses May Be Suffering From Burnout & How To Prevent It At Your Hospital

A Manager’s Guide: Seven Visible Signs That Your Nurses May Be Suffering From Burnout & How To Prevent It At Your Hospital. (FULL-TEXT). Medical Solutions.
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Nurse Fatigue: White Paper

Nurse Fatigue: White Paper. (FULL-TEXT). Emergency Nurses Association.
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Tools

Professional Quality of Life Elements Theory and Measurement

Professional Quality of Life Elements Theory and Measurement
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