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.
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Burnout or Compassion Fatigue: A Comparison of Concepts
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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.
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.
5/31/20 9:02 pm
Good article to raise awareness about an issue that occurs too frequently.
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.