by Rebecca on October 20, 2013

As we conclude our five part series on Compassion Fatigue, we will be giving away a free copy of Overcoming Secondary Stress in Medical and Nursing Practice by Robert J. Wicks. Simply leave a comment on tomorrow’s blog post entitled, Compassion Fatigue Part 5: In the Workplace, letting us know YOUR thoughts regarding compassion fatigue, and your name will be put into a drawing for a free copy of this book. We look forward to hearing from you!510g18Zj+IL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_

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David Tabrett October 21, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Hi there,

Having attended a workshop in Melbourne last year with Katherine where she touch3ed on this subject, and through the sharing of Katherine’s articles through Catalyst Vets, I am becoming aware of the impact compassion fatigue has on our workplace.

Previously I though much of what we went through was just “part of the job”, have a cup of concrete and toughen it out. And that can work to a short degree, but this post in particular speaks volumes to the pervasive nature of workplace disharmony and how the organisation can be affected.

We are currently experiencing many of the symptoms described here by Katherine, and while I would like a single quick fix idea, I see that the tried & tested principles of

1. Respite
2. CE opportunities
3. Benefits for Self-Care
4. Management tools
5. Direct management awareness of workloads
6. Positive team-building social interactions
7. Open door policies
8. Grief processes on-site

are key to addressing much of what is disharmony in our own workplace. I would give myself a score of 3.5/8 on this list.

Thank you so much for this series. It has been fascinating & a most important subject.


David Tabrett


Rebecca October 22, 2013 at 8:14 am

David- thanks so much for commenting. Katherine is a great speaker isn’t she? She is so passionate about this valuable topic and we really appreciate her being so generous with her content. I too enjoy a quick fix but yes you are right it does take a number of things to keep us going in such a great but no doubt demanding profession!


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