Compassion fatigue in the NICU

This study looked into levels of compassion fatigue, burnout and compassion satisfaction – a feeling of professional fulfilment gained from helping others – in NICU staff. It found that the prevalence of compassion fatigue, burnout and compassion satisfaction was 15.7%, 20.8% and 21.9% respectively. Significant factors leading to an increased risk of compassion fatigue were:

  • Being a woman
  • Emotional depletion
  • Distress from a clinical situation
  • Co-workers
  • Personal health issues
  • Not talking about distressing issue

Factors leading to an increased risk of burnout were:

  • Emotional depletion
  • Distress from the physical work environment
  • Co-workers
  • Not talking about distressing issue

Being Hispanic, not currently feeling distressed, talking about distressing issues and using paediatric palliative-care services were all significant factors leading people to feel more compassion satisfaction.

You can read the abstract of this article here.

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About John Gale

I work as a medical librarian in the Joint Education and Training (JET) library at Leighton Hospital, Crewe. I keep clinicians up to date with the latest research, help them to find the best information about treatment and train them to find - and assess - high-quality information for themselves. I also help doctors and nurses find and write high-quality information for patients.
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