Burnout or Compassion Fatigue: A Comparison of Concepts

Burnout or Compassion Fatigue: A Comparison of Concepts

Identification: MSNJ2004
Issue: March-April 2020
Volume: Vol. 29/No. 2
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Compassion fatigue and burnout affect nurses in multiple areas of practice. The prevalence of both is growing. Compounding the problem is the incongruency of the definitions of the concepts. The Walker and Avant method of concept analysis was used to compare burnout and compassion fatigue.

Learning Outcome:
After completing this education activity, the learner will be able to compare compassion fatigue and burnout using the Walker and Avant (2019) method of analysis.

Contact hours available until 4/30/22.

Requirements for Successful Completion:

Complete the learning activity in its entirety and complete the online CNE evaluation.

Authors Conflict of Interest Disclosure:
The author(s), editor, editorial committee, content reviewers, and education director reported no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this continuing nursing education article.

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This session is jointly provided by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ) and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN).

Anthony J Jannetti, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider Number CEP 5387.

This article was reviewed and formatted for contact hour credit by Michele Boyd, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, AMSN Education Director.


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Burnout or Compassion Fatigue: A Comparison of Concepts

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Kathy Gregg
5/16/20 12:55 pm

Compassion fatigue is how I describe myself at this stage in my career. Patients are so self absorbed and ungrateful for anything we do for them. Once in a great while you get a patient that reminds you why you became a nurse, but the burnout is becoming a bigger problem every day, and those of us that have been at it for years are running out of compassion for those who think the world owes them.

Constance Barnes
5/30/20 11:53 pm

I have experienced both compassion fatigue and burnout. I was fortunate to make a job change a critical point in my career and now I am experience more fulfillment and enjoyment in my work once again. But I recall the months I spent on an unit where I dreaded work and I just wanted to do my nursing tasks and be left alone. I sought as little interaction with my patients as possible. The acrimony between management, physicians and the nursing staff was nearly unbearable. I realize now I needed to be more vocal about these issues and sought outside counseling.

Grace Allen
5/31/20 9:02 pm

Good article to raise awareness about an issue that occurs too frequently.

Jennifer Hall
6/20/20 3:30 pm

The acuity of patients seems to be worse every year. There are many patient admitted to our med surge floor that would have been an ICU patient not that long ago. NG tube, heparin drip, new insulin drip, IV antibiotics, and epidural all on one patient! This patient now requires you to be in their room almost constantly. Then you feel like your other patients are neglected, not getting up to walk, not getting pain meds as soon as they need them... It's hard not to go home feeling deflated. More attention needs to be seriously brought to these issues.

Brenda Williams
8/25/20 12:22 pm

Agreed with this statement wholeheartedly - "Burnout occurs with the divergence that exists between nurses’ expectations of what should be accomplished and what can be accomplished when requirements and responsibilities are greater than the resources.".......sometimes the most important resource being...time!

Anal Rathod
8/31/20 9:52 pm

Excellent article to increase awareness about compassion fatigue and burnout. Agree to address it seriously with the help of counselling and consultations.

Elizabeth Anderson
9/11/20 12:49 pm

Accidentally read article about the second article on improving graduate nurse's experience in that they received support on social media platform (concern in sharing confidential information may affect privacy and rights). However, the take away from the previous article is the need for support from others in our practice is needed by other resources. In reading this article I was relieved to know that as a bedside nurse I was not alone in CF and burn out. The use of CF Model case does define the defining attributes of the concept where other nurses can communicate their particular experience in a nonjudgmental way. Would like to see in what way examples can be shared in ongoing publications.

Natallia Andrews
10/14/20 5:08 pm

There were times I dreaded coming to work because of burnout I've experienced. I felt less compassionate towards my patients and more task oriented d/t increased acuity. It was not fair to my patients.

Wendy Tsaninos
4/7/21 12:25 am

Really good article that delineates the difference between CF and burnout - enjoyed this read!