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Nurses risk compassion fatigue

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Paediatric intensive care (PICU) nurses should be trained in how to cope with compassion fatigue, suggest US researchers.
They said PICU nurses’ repeated exposure to the traumas experienced by children and their families meant there was a ‘real and imminent danger’ of developing the condition, which can lead to stress, depression and psychological trauma.
Nearly 200 PICU staff attended a seminar on understanding compassion fatigue and coping with clinical stress.
The researchers said that the attendees reported feeling better equipped to manage stress, grief and multiple traumas at work.
They said educational seminars on coping mechanisms should be offered to all nurses working with children in critical care settings.
Journal of Pediatric Health Care (2008) 22: 24–34
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