Nursing Burnout

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Nursing Burnout
Bridget Solomon
Grand Canyon University
Spirituality in Health Care, HLT-310V
Charles Self
January 9, 2015

Nursing Burnout Sitting on my couch yesterday I was scrolling through my Facebook page, when I came across one of my girlfriend’s posts. It was an article written by an inner city emergency room (ER) nurse. The name of the article was, Madness: tales of an emergency room nurse and how I became a bitch. The article talked about the everyday work life of an emergency room nurse. I am an emergency room nurse and have never worked in any other department and this article hit close to home for me. The article talked about the emotional and physical abuse that only an ER nurse would understand. After reading the article it made me think about nurses combating compassion fatigue. Some people might ask, “ What is compassion fatigue?” In this paper I will talk about the cause of compassion fatigue, talk about warning signs, physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of a caregiver, and last some coping techniques.
Causes of Compassion Fatigue Compassionate fatigue refers to the physical, emotional, spiritual, and social exhaustion that overcomes individuals and leads to persistent decline in their desire, energy, and ability to care for other people (Bush, 2009). As nurses our role is to be the patient’s number one caregiver. Many studies show that nurses experience a high level of compassion fatigue. Not a day goes by during a nurse’s shift where we aren’t placed in a constant roller coaster of heart tugging, emotional encounters. Nurses get emotionally invested in the care of their patient’s, by being involved in difficult conversations and sometimes the bearer of bad news. After a long day of this type of work nurses have to go home and take care of their own families, and don’t take time for them selves causing emotional fatigue.…...

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