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Combating Burnout and
Compassion Fatigue: Care Givers
and Professionals
Contents

Bally Sloane

 Burnout definition
 Compassion fatigue definition
 Warning Signs
 Nature of the problems they...
Burnout Definition

Bally Sloane
Professional

"a syndrome of emotional
exhaustion,
depersonalization, and
reduced persona...
Compassion Fatigue Definition

Professional

“The notion of being burned
out by the kind of work that
you do, the kind of ...
Warning Signs of Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

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 Exhaustion

 Change of Work-Style

 Detachment

 Paran...
Nature of the problems they can cause

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 Results in a loss of enthusiasm, energy, idealism,

perspective and...
Physical Indications and Needs

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 A persistent sense of physical fatigue: feeling "run down"
 Frequent head...
Emotional Indications and Needs

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Depression ("I don't care anymore!").
A dulling ...
Spiritual Indications and Needs

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 Disillusionment and disappointment with God.
 You feel that God is power...
Coping Strategies

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Physical Renewal through:

Emotional Renewal
through:

 Exercise & Exertion

 Talking w...
Coping Strategies

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Spiritual Renewal through

Diversional and
Organizational Renewal

 Adoration

 Relaxat...
Resources for Help and Hope

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 http://www.aarp.org/family/
 http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Elders_Families/ind
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References

Bally Sloane

Health Chaplains Ministry Association (2005). Balancing the
burdens of care giving: Avoiding com...
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  1. 1. Combating Burnout and Compassion Fatigue: Care Givers and Professionals
  2. 2. Contents Bally Sloane  Burnout definition  Compassion fatigue definition  Warning Signs  Nature of the problems they can cause  Physical indications     and needs Emotional indications and needs Spiritual indications and needs Coping strategies Resources for help and hope
  3. 3. Burnout Definition Bally Sloane Professional "a syndrome of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced personal accomplishment that can occur among individuals who do 'people work' of some kind” (Maslach, 1982, p. 3).
  4. 4. Compassion Fatigue Definition Professional “The notion of being burned out by the kind of work that you do, the kind of patients and families that you deal with and the residue from ministering to those hurting people” (Health Chaplains Ministry Association [HCMA], 2005, ¶ 4). Bally Sloane Care Giver “It is not about problems and hassles at work, but it is about the stress associated with the clients you deal with” (HCMA, ¶ 4).
  5. 5. Warning Signs of Burnout and Compassion Fatigue Bally Sloane  Exhaustion  Change of Work-Style  Detachment  Paranoia  Boredom and Cynicism  Disorientation  Increased Impatience  Psychosomatic and Irritability  A Sense of Omnipotence  Feelings of Being Unappreciated Complaints  Depression  Major Depression  Suicidal Thinking (HCMA, ¶ 12).
  6. 6. Nature of the problems they can cause Bally Sloane  Results in a loss of enthusiasm, energy, idealism, perspective and purpose on a mental, physical, emotional and spiritual level (HCMA, ¶ 2).  Requires professional help and discontinuing being a caregiver until the cynicism and impairment are gone (HCMA, ¶ 3).
  7. 7. Physical Indications and Needs Bally Sloane  A persistent sense of physical fatigue: feeling "run down"  Frequent headaches, migraines.  Chronic muscle tensions of the head, necks or back.  Gastrointestinal problems (ulcers).  Decreased appetite (or a never-satisfied appetite).  Sleeplessness in spite of feeling fatigued.  High blood pressure.  Shortness of breath.  Nervous tics, tremors, teeth/jaw clenching. (HCMA, ¶ 6)
  8. 8. Emotional Indications and Needs              Bally Sloane Depression ("I don't care anymore!"). A dulling affect, mental fatigue ("I can't think straight anymore!"). Increased irritability, hostility ("I hate this job now!"). Decreased tolerance for frustration ("I can't take it anymore!"). Feelings of helplessness and an inability to see a way out ("I dread going to work!"). Increased risk taking and impulsivity Inflexibility of behavior and goals ("I can't adjust to this!"). Cynicism about self, others, work and the world ("I can't stand this anymore!"). Apathy ("I don't care anymore!"). Reduction or abandonment of recreational activities ("I'd rather stay home now!"). Decreased capacity for pleasure and social contacts ("I don't want to go out anymore!"). Withdrawal, detachment ("I'd rather be alone!"). Increased interpersonal and/or marital discord. (HCMA, ¶ 7).
  9. 9. Spiritual Indications and Needs Bally Sloane  Disillusionment and disappointment with God.  You feel that God is powerless to help.  You feel that God does not care.  You feel that God has abandoned you, your patient and the family.  Discontinuance of religious practices.  You stop worshipping-privately and corporately.  You stop praying.  You stop reading your Bible.  Development of spiritual apathy. (HCMA, ¶ 8).
  10. 10. Coping Strategies Bally Sloane Physical Renewal through: Emotional Renewal through:  Exercise & Exertion  Talking with a Friend  Nutrition & Diet  Laughing  Relaxation & Vacation  Support  Without Drug or  Yourself : Journal Alcohol Addiction (HCMA, ¶ 25). Writing. (HCMA, ¶ 26).
  11. 11. Coping Strategies Bally Sloane Spiritual Renewal through Diversional and Organizational Renewal  Adoration  Relaxation  Education  Recreation  Meditation (HCMA, ¶ 28).  Prioritizing  Intentions & Plans (HCMA, ¶ 29).  Absolution  Confession  Forgiveness (HCMA, ¶ 27).
  12. 12. Resources for Help and Hope Bally Sloane  http://www.aarp.org/family/  http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Elders_Families/ind      ex.aspx http://www.caregiver.com/ http://www.caregiver.org/caregiver/jsp/home.jsp http://www.caregiving.org/errorpage.htm http://www.thefamilycaregiver.org/ http://www.thefamilycaregiver.org/ed/tips.cfm
  13. 13. References Bally Sloane Health Chaplains Ministry Association (2005). Balancing the burdens of care giving: Avoiding compassion fatigue. Retrieved March 1, 2010, from http://www.hcmachaplains.org/commentary2.html Maslach, C. (1982). Burnout: The cost of caring. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall. Mosby (Ed.). (2002). Mosby’s medical, nursing, and allied health dictionary (6th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Douglas M. Anderson. Oregon Department of Human Services (2007). Caregiver’s selfassessment. Retrieved March 1, 2010, from http://www.oregon.gov/DHS/spwpd/caregiving/care_caregi ver.shtml=resources

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