Journal of Nursing Scholarship; Indianapolis49.5 (Sep 2017): 557-563.
The purpose of this article is to fill the need for an updated concept analysis of compassion fatigue. This review used Rodgers' Evolutionary Model to direct the analysis of 25 papers published between 2005 and 2015. This review focused strictly on healthcare providers in the formal healthcare setting. The authors provided an analysis of the evolution of compassion fatigue and identified surrogate terms, attributes and defining characteristics, and antecedents and consequences of the term, true to Rodgers' Evolutionary Model. Related terms are also discussed and a brief case model is provided. A better understanding of compassion fatigue will allow researchers and clinicians to identify its causes, prevention, and treatment. This could impact the rate at which healthcare providers leave clinical practice and their ability to compassionately engage with patients. To read the full article, log in using your NHS OpenAthens details.