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Are you compassionate, or too busy to care?


Haha, I like that one question test! What a complete joke this is, compassion, altruism and empathy are very subjective and therefore almost impossible to measure accurately in this context. It can be assumed I think that the overwhelming majority of us have these traits as part of our innate personality, which is why we are drawn to a career in Nursing, but how do you measure that? How do you ensure or enforce it? You can't. None of us are compassionate and empathic 100% of the time. We get tired, we have personal issues that affect us, etc etc etc. A week off and we might be as compassionate again, or in the meantime we may simply ACT in a compassionate way whilst privately thinking 'all I want to do is get into my bed and sleep for a year!' Is it professional to do this? Absolutely. Is it compassionate? Who is to say? It is too subjective! Compassion fatigue, or secondary traumatic stress disorder to be more technical, however is a pretty important consideration, and it is the causes of THIS that need to be adressed. NOT wether Nurses are compassionate or not in the first place.

Posted date

24 April, 2010

Posted time

0:16 am