Compassion Fatigue and Burnout in Nursing: Enhancing Professional Quality of Life

Compassion Fatigue and Burnout in Nursing: Enhancing Professional Quality of Life

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Book, 231 pages, 2012
9780826109774

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Compassion Fatigue and Burnout in Nursing: Enhancing Professional Quality of Life

Compassion fatigue afflicts nurses working in all caring environments and has become a serious issue in health care institutions nationwide. This is the only book to specifically address this challenge and the related syndrome of burnout in nursing. It presents a unique healing model designed to identify, treat and, where possible, avert compassion fatigue with holistic strategies and action plans that help cultivate a healthier, more satisfying work environment.

The volume addresses risk factors for and manifestations of compassion fatigue, burnout, and other related experiences such as PTS, death overload, collective trauma, and moral distress, and presents strategies to mediate and resolve these issues. The author emphasizes ways in which dissatisfaction influences the quality of patient care and calls for nurses to reinvent their work environments to favor compassion contentment. Case vignettes and exercises will help readers identify and alter patterns of negativity to reaffirm purpose in their professional lives.

Table of Contents:

Preface Acknowledgments
Foreword: Diana J. Mason
Foreword: Nessa Coyle

Part 1 Professional Quality of Life

1. Introduction: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

2. Transforming Both Health and Care

Part 2 Unity, Purpose, and the Good: An Ethic of Caring

3. Compassion and Contentment: Being Heartful

4. Values and Excellences in Nursing

5. The ART of Reaffirming Purpose

Part 3 The Bad and The Ugly: Compassion Fatigue and Burnout

6. A Heavy Heart Hurts

7. I Know What I Ought To Do!

8. Burnt Out and Seemingly Heartless

Part 4 Facing Death

9. Being Prepared to Care For the Dying

10. Shared Horrors and Aching, Breaking Hearts

Part 5 Beating the Odds

11. Cultivating Collective Mindful Awareness

12. Imagine It and Actualize It

Appendices

Appendix I: Beth H Stamm's ProQOL Tool
Appendix II: Todaro-Franceschi's Preparedness and Ability to Care for the Dying Scale

Resources
Index

ISBN #: 9780826109774

Author: V. Todaro-Franceschi