Compassion Fatigue

The prevalence of compassion fatigue is a critical reality for oncology nurses and lay navigators. The factors that contribute to, or help stave off, compassion fatigue have been studied by leading academic minds and by healthcare administrators.

Constant exposure to patient distress and trauma can take a toll on oncology workers, and it often leads to a phenomenon called secondary traumatic stress, or “compassion fatigue,” according to Charles Figley, PhD, Paul Henry Kurzweg Chair in Disaster Mental Health and Director of the Traumatology Institute at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.

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