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Book Review: Compassion Fatigue and Burnout in Nursing: Enhancing Professional Quality of Life. Vidette Todaro-Franceschi, 2013, Springer Publishing Co., LLC. Reviewed by Laurie Barkin RN, MS., author of The Comfort Garden: Tales from the Trauma Unit Vidette Todaro-Franceschi’s book, Compassion Fatigue and Burnout in Nursing, is heartfelt and academic, thorough, thoughtful, personal, and refreshingly non-formulaic. […]

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In Life Support:Three Nurses on the Front Lines (1997), Suzanne Gordon, a non-nurse journalist who writes passionately about nursing, showcases the personal and professional lives of three expert nurses at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital during the glory days of primary nursing. Before the mergers and cuts of Managed Care in the mid-90s, these nurses practiced […]

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The term “vicarious traumatization” describes the emotional, psychological, and spiritual changes that take place within an empathic person as a result of regular exposure to other peoples’ traumas. It is also known as “secondary stress.” Vicarious trauma is a component of  “compassion fatigue.” Vicarious trauma affects nurses, therapists, social workers, teachers, police officers, firefighters, journalists, […]

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My friend Carol, an ICU nurse in her fifties, told me about one of her patients, a 62-year-old real estate agent who had been hospitalized for seven months. He asked that ‘older nurses’ be assigned to his care. As an ‘older nurse,’ I wanted to hear why Chuck had this preference. Carol got the OK […]

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