For Hospices, Pallative and Continuing Care

An Ideal Resource for:

  • Continuing education program leaders such as staff development personnel, nurse educators, team leaders, and multidisciplinary team coordinators.
  • Nurses, physicians, and allied health professionals in continuing care settings such as hospice, home care, skilled nursing, assisted living, residential care, transitional care, and other long-term (non-acute) care settings.
  • Anyone who comes face-to-face with human suffering on a regular basis. This sometimes includes the secretaries and other support staff who make it possible for caregivers to do their work.

Excerpts from “Oxygen for Caregivers”

“The variety and sincerity of those interviewed, and the broad range of issues and experiences drew me in immediately. I think it’s a terrific video. It kept me riveted for the entire program.”

– Ann Bennett, Director & Founder, Family Opportunity Center, Santa Barbara

The Statistics:

  • Stress scores of palliative care workers are higher than patients newly diagnosed with breast cancer. (Vachon, 1987)
  • One third of nurses were physically assaulted in the last year. There is a strong correlation between being assaulted and developing compassion fatigue (Mathieu, 2012).
  • Nurses are more likely to experience on-the-job violence than all other professions (Ontario Nursing Association 2006).
  • 57 percent of social workers have been threatened and 16 percent physically assaulted (Bell, Kulkarni & Dalton, 2003).
  • 60 percent of healthcare workers feel burned out on their jobs. 21 percent always or often feel burned out. 34 percent are looking for a new job next year. (Career Builder survey, 2013)
  • Most studies show that at least 40 percent and as many as 85 percent of helping professionals have compassion fatigue and/or high rates of traumatic symptoms. (Tatano, 2011)

These are alarming numbers, all of which indicate that working in health care has become dangerous and costly – physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. And who does it hit hardest? Most studies come to the same conclusion: compassion fatigue affects the most caring and dedicated.

“Highly useful for discussions by health professionals aimed at a pervasive problem: how to cope successfully with our own feelings while we serve as steady beacons and sources of comfort for others?”

– Richard J. Steckel, M.D.

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