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I require assistance with writing a training guide in combating compassion fatigue in healthcare workers.

1. present the nature of the problem and its causes
2. explain the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the caregiver
3. give examples of coping strategies and resources for help and hope for the caregiver

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1. Present the nature of the problem and its causes

Compassion fatigue?or secondary traumatic stress disorder?"is the natural consequence of stress resulting from caring for and helping traumatized or suffering people or animals" (Figley, 1993, cited in http://www.humanesocietyu.org/workshops_and_classes/cf.html). This condition is experienced by caregivers and is caused by exposure to trauma experienced by those in their care.

Compassion Fatigue is:

♦ "emotional pain resulting from repeated exposure to others' traumatic experiences
♦ involves over-identifying with the person(s) in need; overly controlling; blaming others for not meeting expectations;
breaching ethical or personal boundaries
♦ is about who we are and how we react to another person, rather than the situation" (http://www.eapatwork.com/pdf/compassionfatigue.pdf).

Compassion Fatigue is NOT "Burnout", which results from increased workload and institutional stress. It is NOT "Countertransference", which refers to how our patients ...

Solution Summary

A list of coping strategies is provided in terms of combating compassion fatigue in healthcare workers.