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When the Well Runs Dry: Cultivating Resilience When Experiencing Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

When the Well Runs Dry: Cultivating Resilience When Experiencing Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

When the Well Runs Dry: Cultivating Resilience When Experiencing Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

Veterinary Cancer Society
Veterinary Cancer Society
on behalf of Missouri Veterinary Medical Association

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Last updated: 08 Apr 2018

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It is well known that oncology settings for both animals and people are stressful, and that staff are at risk for compassion fatigue and burnout. Exposure to suffering and loss can take its toll.
Often used interchangeably, the terms compassion fatigue and burnout have different qualities. Compassion fatigue is defined as an overexposure to suffering and pain that can cause personal stress and a reduced ability to be empathic. For professional caregivers, this stress occurs from a wish to relieve suffering (Figley, 1995), but when work or personal stressors exceed the ability to cope, it can result in psychological and/or physical symptoms that can disrupt a person’s ability to function at work or in one’s personal life.
Burnout is defined as job-related stress with individuals feeling overworked, and can occur when work demands exceed available resources. Inadequate staffing and conflicts within the team can contribute to burnout, and burnout is characterized by persistent exhaustion, absences, a sense of inability to accomplish tasks, and loss of interest in work. (Masklach, Schaufeli, & Leiter, 2001).

Fortunately, there are strategies that can help to alleviate both burnout and compassion fatigue. They include self-awareness, personal revival strategies, and building resilience. Resilience principles looks at ways to grow, expand, and refocus in our work and our personal lives. This interactive session will consider the impact of caring for others, how to recognize signs and symptoms of burnout and compassion fatigue, as well as identifying strategies for cultivating resilience and self-care.

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It is well known that oncology settings for both animals and people are stressful, and that staff are at risk for compassion fatigue and burnout. Exposure to suffering and loss can take its toll.
Often used interchangeably, the terms compassion fatigue and burnout have different qualities. Compassion fatigue is defined as an overexposure to suffering and pain that can cause personal stress and a reduced ability to be empathic. For professional caregivers, this stress occurs from a wish to relieve suffering (Figley, 1995), but when work or personal stressors exceed the ability to cope, it can result in psychological and/or physical symptoms that can disrupt a person’s ability to function at work or in one’s personal life.
Burnout is defined as job-related stress with individuals feeling overworked, and can occur when work demands exceed available resources. Inadequate staffing and conflicts within the team can contribute to burnout, and burnout is characterized by persistent exhaustion, absences, a sense of inability to accomplish tasks, and loss of interest in work. (Masklach, Schaufeli, & Leiter, 2001).

Fortunately, there are strategies that can help to alleviate both burnout and compassion fatigue. They include self-awareness, personal revival strategies, and building resilience. Resilience principles looks at ways to grow, expand, and refocus in our work and our personal lives. This interactive session will consider the impact of caring for others, how to recognize signs and symptoms of burnout and compassion fatigue, as well as identifying strategies for cultivating resilience and self-care.
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Veterinary Cancer Society
on behalf of Missouri Veterinary Medical Association

Susan Hedlund -

Susan Hedlund, LCSW, has been a social worker in the health care field for thirty years and has extensive experience working with individuals and families facing life threatening illness and loss. She is currently the Manager of Patient and Family Support Services at the Knight Cancer Institute at OHSU, is an Assistant Professor at the School of Medicine at OHSU and at the School of Social Work at Portland State University.

She speaks and publishes on topics such as coping with illness, end of life issues, and caregiver burnout and compassion fatigue, and creating resilience in practice

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  • Missouri Veterinary Medical Association
  • 0.25 Hours -
    Exam Attempts: 3
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    Exam Pass Rate: 50

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