Programs for Nurses to Combat "Compassion Fatigue
"Bruises and pulled muscles, hope and heartbreak - emotional and physical fatigue have contributed to a profound nurse shortage in hospitals across the country."
"Nurses typically work 12-hour shifts, shuttling between ailing patients, demanding doctors and anxious families in the waiting room. As stress builds and meals are eaten on the run or missed altogether, nurses sometimes lose the energy to conjure sympathy for those they're treating.
Health-care workers have higher rates of substance abuse and suicide, and elevated levels of depression and anxiety relating to job stress, according to a report this year by the Department of Health and Human Services. In many cases, the caregivers simply burn out and leave the profession, creating more stress for those who remain."
Well, I've always believed that if a person cannot care for themselves, how in the heck can they be expected to care for others!
I am guilty of this.
When I first started Nursing many years ago, I always worked through my breaks and lunches, stayed OT and picked up shifts because the facility was desperate. "Hey everyone, look at me, Martyr Mary! Look how hard I work. Look how dedicated I am! I will even let my health and personal life suffer for YOU"
I was naive.
I thought my co-workers and employers would have more respect for me. Pretty much the opposite happened and I soon realized I was a door-mat. I quickly learned that few people respect a person that cannot take care of and stand up for themselves.
I now take care of ME first! No, it is not selfish. It is my life and I only get one crack at it.
I am so much healthier and happier.