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Module 1: Compassion Fatigue Fundamentals
Transcript of Module 1: Compassion Fatigue Fundamentals
What is Compassion Fatigue?
Signs and Symptoms
Put YOU first so that you can continue to help others.
Look around you...
It is the people that will make an organization successful
Romney Pierog BA, RN, CFE (c)
Critical Care Float RN and Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator
"The expectation that we can be immersed in suffering and loss daily and not be touched by it is as unrealistic as
expecting to be able to walk through water without getting wet. This sort of denial is no small matter. The way we deal with loss, shapes our capacity to be present to life more than anything else. The way we protect ourselves from loss may be the way in which we distance ourselves from life. We burn out, not because we don't care, but because we don't grieve. We burn out because we have allowed our hearts to become so filled with loss that we have no room to care."
Rachel Naomi Remen
Kitchen Table Wisdom 1996
Compassion fatigue, also known as secondary traumatic stress disorder, is a condition characterized by a gradual lessening of compassion over time. It stems from absorbing the suffering of others. Some literature views CF as a type of Burnout.
~ Physical Exhaustion
~ Recurrent Colds
Loss of Sense of Humor
Cynicism disbelief mistrust
~ Anger disrespect mistrust
~ Addictions (alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling, shopping, workaholism, compulsive overeating)
~ Self doubt
~ Personal relationship problems
~ Exaggerated sense of Responsibility (addicted to the need of being needed)
~ Avoidance of clients
~ Impaired ability to make decisions
~ Compromised care for Clients
~ The silencing response
Hallmarks of CF
~ Emotional Exhaustion
~ Distancing self/Detachment
~ Negative Self Image
~ Anxiety with irrational fears
~ Inability to tolerate strong feelings
~ Problems with intimacy
~ Intrusive Imagery
~ Failure to nurture and develop non-work related aspects of life.
~Low levels of social support
~High levels of stress in personal life
~Previous history of trauma
~Those who bottle up or avoid emotions
~Those who have an enormous capacity
for feeling/expressing empathy
~Child with special needs
~ Raise awareness
~ Think Positive
~ Low Impact Debriefing
~ Self Care (dentist, doctor, exercise, good nutrition, sleeping,
massage therapy, counseling, finances)
~ Relaxation Techniques
~ Sports that require concentration/focus like golf, ju jitsu, hockey
~ Self Awareness & Self Compassion
~ Establish professional boundaries
~ Acceptance that successful outcomes are not always achievable
~ Read books, educate yourself
Coping Strategies To Improve Resilience
1. Excessive ambition, competitiveness, trying to prove oneself
2. Having high expectations of self
3. Neglecting self, family, friends, eating and sleeping
4. Awareness of not feeling right, but can't determine the source.
5. Isolate themselves from others
6. Becomes intolerant
8. Friends and family notice
9. Lose self
10. Feel empty inside
12. Collapse physically and emotionally, can have suicidal ideation.
THE 12 PHASES OF BURNOUT
* NEED TO SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY*
Compassion Fatigue stems from absorbing the suffering of others
Burnout stems from dissatisfaction with the work environment
*If Compassion Fatigue is ignored and not dealt with it will eventually lead to burnout*
"CF is the natural consequence of doing a good job"
Francoise Mathieu, M.Ed., CCC.
The frontline workers are the foundation of KGH ... the strength of any organization is in it's foundation
Sense of Self
Sense of Self
There's a lot to look forward to
There's more to life than work
(Mathieu, Francoise 2012)
(Freudenberger, Herbert & North, Gail 1974)
THE COMPASSION FATIGUE RESILIENCY PROGRAM
Romney Pierog BA, RN, CFE (c)
RNAO Fellowship 2016-2017