Study: Compassionate Nurses Suffer Fatigue, Stress

A new study reveals that pressure to appear compassionate and caring leads to emotional exhaustion in nurses and midwives. The study, based in the United Kingdom, surveyed 351 nurses in training and found that those who were required to show more compassion every day were more likely to suffer from stress, fatigue, low moods, and withdrawal from friends and family. The study also found that nurses have a better work/life balance when they have emotional support. Researchers concluded that the ability to “switch off” after work resulted in better emotional health and in turn, led to better patient care.  Some healthcare providers turn to creative arts, such as journal writing, dance and painting to combat what they call “compassion fatigue.”

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