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Compassion Fatigue

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The loss of a patient to cancer, particularly if the patient is young, takes a piece of your heart. We worked with our Employee Assistance Program to develop a compassion fatigue program to assist with feelings, the importance of self care and the importance of being supportive with each other.

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Compassion Fatigue

  1. 1. Kaiser Permanente, Northern California Caritas Consortium 2013 Compassion Fatigue Caritas in Action How Caring Science informs and inspires KP caregivers and affirms our commitment to provide our patients and their families exceptional care
  2. 2. Compassion Fatigue Intent to Contribute Statement: I am a manager of an oncology unit. My staff and I notice that the loss of patient to cancer, particularly if the patient is young, takes a piece of your heart. The staff is sad for days. We worked with our Employee Assistance Program to develop a compassion fatigue program to assist with feelings, the importance of self care and the importance of being supportive with each other. We were surprised that when we offered the presentation to the oncology unit, that other departments also wanted to come join us in the activity. The presentation, opened to all units, includes discussion of feeling of caring for patients along with other priorities of family, finances and work demands. The permission to allow for self care and reflection is addressed. The presentation takes place in a conference room with softened lighting, comfort foods and appropriate music to allow relaxation, appreciation and an opportunity to nourish the soul. We believe that a hospital staff who have been appreciated and cared for will extend exceptional care to patients and their family. Page 2
  3. 3. Compassion Fatigue Inspired Contributor(s) 1 : Julie Vaday  -----Service Area: Santa Clara Medical Center: SCL Affiliation: PCS -----Year Shared: 2013 Venue: Caritas Consortium Format: Poster ID #: n/a 1 Page 3 Names as listed in Lotus Notes, otherwise personal e-mails indicated Keyword TAGs: Identifier  Consortium2013-July, Santa Clara, Poster, Patient Care Services, Oncology  Education & Staff Dev, Self Descriptor  Compassion Fatigue, Self-Care
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