Abendroth, M. & Flannery, J. “Predicting the Risk of Compassion Fatigue: A Study of Hospice Nurses.” Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing. 2006. Vol. 8(6): 346-356
This study focuses on the result of compassion fatigue (C F) on the health providers. C F is a variety of distressing pressure that results from assisting patients going through traumatic experiences. Nurses in this unit are consequently at elevated danger of C F. A small number of researchers have focused on the consequences of this form of weariness among the hospice nurses. This study is therefore very important and will assist institutions to recognize nurses who are at risk of compassion fatigue. The study has also presented interventions and preventions for maintenance of maximum nursing care (Abendroth & Flannery, 2006).
The study investigates the occurrences of this incidence and the correlation between the attributes of nurses and the risk of fatigue. The study has also offered an approach, which can be used to forecast the risk of compassion fatigue. C F is controllable and treatable (Abendroth & Flannery, 2006). There is need to understand the increase of this phenomenon. This will further assist the nurses and the medical practitioners in applying preventive measures for improvement of self-care, productivity and in the improvement of the patient results.
The methodology, which has been employed, is a non-experimental descriptive design. This methodology employs cross-sectional data. The study used inferential and descriptive analysis to analyze the data. In collecting the data, 22 hospices were used to gather 216 nurses within the state of Florida. The main determinants when applying multiple regression approach include trauma, life demands, excessive empathy, and anxiety. Significant error was estimated to be less than 0.001. There were strong relationships in the target individuals in this case. From the findings, more than 78% of the participants were at risk of receiving moderate to high risk, while around 26% of the participants were at risk of having high-risk fatigue.
In as much as Florida has been the focal position of study, nurses all over the country are expected to benefit from the findings. Florida was the preference state due to its high retiring figure of nurses (Abendroth & Flannery, 2006). The study therefore filled the space for this form of research. However, more research ought to be carried out for larger populations and wider depth for quantitative studies. It was however difficult to analyze the loss experienced when a hospice nurse left the profession because these nurses are highly experienced. Other than the financial consequence, there is the mentorship and relationship vacuum created by the loss.
Abendroth, M. & Flannery, J. (2006). “Predicting the Risk of Compassion Fatigue: A Study of Hospice Nurses.” Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 8(6): 346-356