Compassion Fatigue In Health Care

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Compassion fatigue is probably more common in nursing then is acknowledged in health care. According to Todaro-Franceschi (2015), many nurses do not realize they are experiencing compassion fatigue (p. 53). Compassion fatigue or burnout slowly develops over time which results in emotional exhaustion (Todaro-Franceschi, 2015, p.53 ). However, many nurses pushed through this moral distress to care for their patient. Nevertheless, the quality of care decreases because they become task oriented and their zeal for caring diminishes. Todaro-Franceschi (2015) describes the process as a natural defense mechanism to prevent overexertion of the individual (p. 53). Lachman (2016) mentions some strategies to combat or recover from moral distress

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