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Compassion Fatigue: 3 Erroneous Beliefs to Ignore

Compassion Fatigue: 3 Erroneous Beliefs to Ignore

Unfortunately, in nursing or any other healthcare profession, compassion fatigue can surprise you when you least expect it.

In any stressful working environment, it’s easy to fall victim to burnout. Burnout will often lead to depression and despair over the feeling that you can’t do your job as efficiently or as well as you did before. Unfortunately, in nursing or any other healthcare profession, compassion fatigue can surprise you when you least expect it. Here are three mistaken beliefs about it that you should put out of your mind before your next shift.

Something is Wrong With Me

As we alluded to above, compassion fatigue can affect your health. Even though you might not think so, this condition can be incredibly taxing on your motivation, self-worth, and mental health. Remember that there is nothing wrong with you. Your physical, mental, and emotional well-being are all important and are fundamental to your success as a nurse. It’s a sign that you keep going at full speed and you may need to take a break to rest and relax. The inclination to work even harder is a natural one, but it isn’t a healthy response to your circumstances.

I Need to Work Harder

No matter what your role is, or how many responsibilities you bear, working harder may not be the answer. Working smarter instead of harder will instead be better for you in the long run, and for your interactions with colleagues, patients, and loved ones of the patients as well. You’ll be tempted to prioritize the concerns of others above your own, telling yourself that you don’t matter as much. However, this is just another trap to avoid when it comes to compassion fatigue. This condition isn’t necessarily a negative one – although you might think it’ll drag down your overall performance, it is just a sign you need to assess whether you are already working too hard.

Patient Care Takes Precedence

Selflessness, especially when it comes to taking better care of your patients, is admirable. That said, you can’t ensure the best possible care for them if you’re not taking proper care of yourself first. Find ways to de-stress, to unwind, and make sure you stick to a healthy, balanced diet. That way, you can start to feel better.  

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