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Nurses Continue to Discuss Risk of Compassion Fatigue and its Impact on Patient Safety

SAINT JOHN, Tuesday March 27, 2018 – Recognizing compassion fatigue as a growing concern that health professionals can experience over the course of their career; the New Brunswick Nurses Union and the Nurses Association of New Brunswick have partnered to continue offering workshops intended for registered nurses and nurse practitioners to help recognize the signs and symptoms, as well as how to treat compassion fatigue.

Stéphanie Maillet, UdeM (Moncton) Professor of Business and Human Resources, will lead workshops today in Saint John and tomorrow in Moncton with the learning objective to share preventative measures that will help mitigate the risk of experiencing compassion fatigue. Stéphanie recently completed a national study on nurses and compassion fatigue, which found that secondary traumatic stress, is higher for NB nurses when compared to other provinces.

“With growing concerns of emotional and physical exhaustion that health professionals can experience, we understand that Registered Nurses are particularly susceptible due to their heightened exposure to large volumes of complex cases or difficult situations,” says Paula Doucet, President of the New Brunswick Nurses Union.

Research indicates, patients are most greatly impacted by health providers experiencing compassion fatigue or moral disengagement. A lower quality of care leads to several costs for the patient, as well as the nurse delivering care.

“As the regulatory body for nurses in New Brunswick, it is critical we recognize signs of compassion fatigue in the health care industry, as it poses serious threats to patient safety and the mental health of care providers,“ says Karen Frenette, President of the Nurses Association of New Brunswick. “When addressed early, we promote self-awareness and critical thinking by generating dialogue among health providers, leading to professional growth and a better understanding.“

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For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:
Jennifer Whitehead, Manager of Communications, NANB
Tel.: (506) 459-2852 / 471-6631 or jwhitehead@nanb.nb.ca

Leanne Lasgiar, Communications Specialist, NBNU
Tel.: (506) 453.7265 / 461.4007 or llagsiar@nbnu.ca

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