Biostatistics Weekly Seminar

Stress, Compassion, Fatigue, Burnout, And You

Jim Kendall, LCSW, CEAP
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

We are repeatedly exposed to emotionally charged situations. Left unchecked, this can take its toll. The issue is not the amount of stress you have but rather how well you can cope with it. Compassion fatigue is the negative aspect of our work as caregivers. It is based upon our relationships with patients. Burnout is characterized by emotional exhaustion, cynicism and a reduced sense of personal accomplishment. JAMA reports that 45-55% of physicians report having burnout during their career. Other professions report similar concerns. This can result in an unsatisfactory work-life balance, relationship problems at home, and lowered job satisfaction. Our work is not who we are, it is what we do. One of the best weapons we have against compassion fatigue is the satisfaction we get from our work. Based upon the results of a VUMC Faculty and Physician Stress Survey, there are several stressors protectors that can combat against compassion fatigue, burnout allowing you to more easily bounce back when there is greater stress.

MRBIII, Room 1220
12 June 2019

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