Compassion Fatigue Literature Review
Compassion fatigue strongly impacts nurses as well as patients throughout healthcare. Awareness is essential among compassion fatigue not only emphasizes the reality of burnout, increased unnecessary stress, negative work environments, lack of leadership support, nursing retention problems, reduced patient satisfaction scores, and financial contingencies specifically patient reimbursements (Kelly, 2015; Hunsaker, 2015; Sacco, 2015; Lachman, 2016). However, positive resolutions have been established to improve nursing recognition specifically, the “daisy award (Diseases Attacking the Immune System)” within nursing practice in recognizing exceptional nurses who demonstrate admirable quality patient care, as well as “Magnet hospitals” known for highly respected nursing practice (Kelly, Runge, & Spencer, 2015, p.524,526). Our future as professionals brings an imperative opportunity in utilizing nursing science, knowledge, research, and apply nursing as well as patient feedback in preventing compassion fatigue. Further research will continue to be studied as healthcare continues to evolve.
Defining Compassion Fatigue …show more content…
Compassion fatigue defined by Pembroke (2015) is a “state of significant depletion or exhaustion of the nurse’s store of compassion, resulting from repeated activation over time of empathic and sympathetic responses to pain and distress in patients and in loved ones” (As cited in Lachman, 2016, p. 276). Jenkins and Warren (2012) defined compassion fatigue as an indicate secondary traumatic stress and vicarious traumatization are often used interchangeably with compassion fatigue (as cited by Lachman, 2016, p. 276). No matter the definition compassion fatigue affects patients directly within healthcare, resulting in compromising quality of