Hospitals help nurses avoid compassion fatigue, burnout

06/11/2013 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Hospitals are creating innovative programs to help nurses deal with compassion fatigue and burnout, such as meditation, journal writing, brief exercises or dance. Capital Caring CEO Malene Davis says that proactive interventions are especially needed for hospice nurses and that focusing on a work-life balance can help prevent staff turnover. "Hospice is not something you can put down at the end of the day," said Lin Simon of Gilchrist Hospice Care.

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