Compassion Fatigue

“The need to take care of each other is the need to take care of self.”

Recently, Tracy Traut, Program Director of the Indiana Professionals Recovery Program (IPRP), delivered this motivating talk for the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) 2020 Virtual Congress. Tracy’s presentation defines “Compassion Fatigue,” identifies its warning signs, and gives solutions for how to prevent and treat it.

Compassion Fatigue is a very real problem for many in helping professions. Continually putting others’ needs before our own, day after day, puts us at risk for burnout and exhaustion. Those working in high-pressure environments are at even greater risk. Ongoing compassion fatigue can lead to deteriorating physical and emotional health and even trigger high-risk coping behaviors like excessive substance and alcohol use.

Tracy outlines how to recognize compassion fatigue in your own life and presents real advice for keeping yourself healthy. As she says, “Learning to identify signs and developing prevention strategies builds resilience and allows for a more sustainable, meaningful career.”

Please watch her presentation and reach out to Parkdale Center for support if you’re struggling. You are not alone.

Monday, 24 August 2020 15:39