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Compassion fatigue is most commonly studied among healthcare workers, clergy, volunteers, and emergency care workers compared to college students or those in other professions.
Mood swings: Having compassion fatigue can make it difficult for you to control your emotions.
Research on compassion fatigue emerged from observations of psychological problems among caregivers in the human service sector (Figley, 1995, 2002).
Compassion fatigue is a little-known phenomenon among people working in caring professions, eg nurses, ministers and counsellors.
Joinson (1992) first coined the term compassion fatigue (CF) while studying burnout in nurses who worked in emergency departments.
As more attention was focused on the concepts embodied in that early description, experts began to distinguish burnout from compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma or secondary trauma stress.
The educational offerings during the Convention included many areas of current interest including compassion fatigue, the IOM's Future of Nursing report and what it means to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, empowerment, evidence-based strategies in addressing interpersonal violence, conflict management and other topics.
As such, ethics debriefing sessions offer an opportunity for interprofessional collaboration to cope with moral distress and compassion fatigue.
Nurses notes the very real risk of compassion fatigue, and defines this as "a malaise of the spirit that results in a decreased capacity to care or the capacity to be filled with loving-kindness, patience, humility, and altruism" (VanderZyl, 2002).
Lovelace also talked about Compassion Fatigue Syndrome She has conducted research on the topic and recently received funding from the Navy to study the relationship between Compassion Fatigue and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
The apparent increase in the prevalence of domestic violence combined with less access to services enhances compassion fatigue.
The combination of trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout are occupational hazards and have a negative impact on the quality of life and the psychological health of the nurse, as well as negative implications for patient care (Mathiva 2002:22-23; Rothmann, Rothmann & Van der Colff 2006:22-33; Sherman 2004:48-56).