Navigation Links
Barnes-Jewish Hospital Research Shows Program Reduces Compassion Fatigue in Caregivers

St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) October 31, 2013

An innovative program implemented three years ago at Barnes-Jewish Hospital is helping prevent bedside nurses from leaving direct patient care due to a condition known as “compassion fatigue.” Among the employees surveyed after attending a course designed at combating compassion fatigue, high risk for burnout was cut in half and high risk for secondary trauma dropped by a third.

By creating an in-house training model, nearly 500 employees at Barnes-Jewish have been educated on the six resiliency efforts to overcome compassion fatigue, which is a combination of secondary traumatic stress and burnout, most often experienced by nurses who continually show empathy to patients. Providing empathetic care means a care provider sometimes deals with the same feelings a patient goes through—from physical pain to sadness and loss.

“For me, the class was life-changing,” says Catherine Powers, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, clinical nurse specialist at the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Heart & Vascular Center. “Looking back at my time in patient care and the stumbling blocks I went through, I am rejuvenated in my career now. The compassion fatigue course helps decrease the chance of burning out and renews hope.”

“The responses to the course show that we are making inroads in reducing compassion fatigue for our team,” says Patricia Potter, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of research at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. “We are continually offering the course twice a month to reach more caregivers as time goes on.”

Potter says the importance of the course is also explained to new nurses as part of orientation.

Compassion fatigue is a relatively new concept to nursing at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and efforts to help address the issue have been very well received, according to Powers. Powers left bedside nursing in 1992, but still remains connected to those caregivers in her role as a clinical nurse specialist. Now, she teaches the compassion fatigue course to those seeking to remain at the bedside.

“I knew I couldn’t do direct patient care forever, but back then we didn’t know it was called compassion fatigue and there wasn't a class for me to take to help prevent burning out,” says Powers. “I used to see people just switch jobs if they were burned out, moving from unit to unit, but now we are trying to get to the root of the problem.”

Read the full story at

Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2012 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Barnes-Jewish Hospital Offering New FDA-approved Non-surgical Procedure for Mitral Valve Repair
2. Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Kidney Transplant Program Celebrates 50 Years
3. Barnes-Jewish Hospital First in Area to Treat Peripheral Artery Disease with New Drug-Eluting Stent
4. Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital Lung Transplant Program Celebrates 25 Years
5. Opportunities abound for nonprofit hospitals aiming to address obesity through community benefit
6. All Four Health First Hospitals Recognized by The Joint Commission As Top Performers
7. News Update From Texas Children's Hospital: Baby Born With Heart Outside Body Celebrates First Birthday
8. DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuit News: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Comments on Impending Metal-on-Metal Hip Ban in UK Hospitals
9. Critical Care Medicine Expert from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Receives Distinguished Career Award
10. RI Hospital study measures impact of education, information on hand hygiene compliance
11. Evaluation of hospital infection prevention policies can identify opportunities for improvement
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... , ... The temporary closing of Bruton Memorial Library on June 21 due to a possible ... often overlooked aspect of head lice: the parasite’s ability to live away from a human ... but a necessary one in the event that lice have simply gotten out of control. ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Dr. Calvin ... injury. Recently, he has implemented orthobiologic procedures as a method for treating his ... of the first doctors to perform the treatment. Orthobiologics are substances that orthopaedic ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... Those who have experienced traumatic events may suffer from ... avenues, such as drug or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. To avoid this ... coping following a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel a range of ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, P.A. announced that ... chosen by their peers for this recognition are considered among the top 2 percent ... special honors as members of this year’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame: Miami ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... People across the U.S. are sharpening their pencils and honing their writing ... which patients and their families pay tribute to a genetic counselor by nominating him ... Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference (AEC) this September. , In April, Genome ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016  Consumers have taken ... regulators/payers have placed more emphasis on patient outcomes. ... support programs in the pharmaceutical industry have evolved ... Consequently, pharmaceutical companies are focusing on becoming more ... providing products and services that improve health. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Calif. , June 24, 2016  Global ... a biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics for the ... needs, today announced the closing of its previously ... common stock, at the public offering price of ... the offering were offered by GBT. GBT estimates ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Dublin - ... " Global Markets for Spectroscopy Equipment" report ... This report focuses on the global market of ... applications in various applications. The report deals with spectroscopy ... industries: pharmaceutical and biotechnology, food and beverage, and environmental ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: