A Dark Horse: Illuminating the Price of Compassion Fatigue
The terms "burnout" and "compassion fatigue" are often used interchangeably but these terms are not synonymous for a multitude of reasons. The cost of compassion fatigue on an individual and veterinary team is so much more detrimental than any amount of burnout. In this lecture we will review the definition of compassion fatigue and the differences between compassion fatigue and burnout. Participants will learn to identify who on their team may be more susceptible and the warning signs associated with those who might be suffering from compassion fatigue. We will cover the impact the compassion fatigue can have on a hospital, its teams, its clients and its patients, as well as review programs and methods to care for your team and prevent compassion fatigue from taking its toll.