supportive workplace environment

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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These days, very few hospitals employ psych liaison nurses. We are told it’s because we’re expensive but the other reason is that much of our work is hidden and therefore unknown. How does an institution measure the cost of incidents in which patients injure themselves, leave against medical advice, verbally abuse or physically assault staff, […]

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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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During the five years that I worked as a psychiatric liaison nurse on the surgical/trauma unit at San Francisco General Hospital with people who had survived motor vehicle and other major accidents, fires and injuries, I listened to hundreds of trauma stories. In the course of conducting thorough psychiatric evaluations, I asked my patients about […]

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