I am currently reading this book on compassion fatigue and caregivers. Several times (in a few short years of being a nurse) I have hit the brink of being ready to call my career quits, feeling utterly fatigued (like a little dark cloud is hovering around me), and ready to stay hidden under the covers. Through sheer will power and hopeful faith, I have made it this far without giving up. One day, randomly at the library (where I love to spend hours browsing the shelves) I found this book. It is geared toward psychotherapists, however the author report anyone in the care-giving role can benefit from learning about the psycho-physiology (basically how the brain and body react subconsciously under stress, particularly under stress reported from others such as patients). I am almost done reading it and cannot wait to report on the book and put some of her suggestions into practice!
Click the title for a link to a description and reviews at goodreads.com:
Rothschild, B., & Rand, M. L. (2006). Help for the helper: The psychophysiology of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. New York: W.W. Norton.
Photo courtesy Weebly.com free photo stock, 2014. Alexandra Scheinfeld, an RN in Philadelphia, wrote this post on May 8, 2014:
"5 things your nurse wants you to know (but can never tell you)"
Her Main points include:
1. we cry at home for you
2. we are happy to be your shoulder to cry on, but not your punching bag
3. no one wants us to make an iv on the first shot more than us
4. we sacrifice for you
5. we love you
Loved the TRUTH in this post!
**Shared with Alexandra's permission.
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Random blurbs and discussions on topics, issues, and personal sentiments related to the current climate of the nursing profession.