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Lying down in the ever falling snow [electronic resource] : Canadian health professionals' experience of compassion fatigue /
Wendy Austin ... [et al.].
imprint
Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, c2013.
description
224 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
155458888X, 9781554588886
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Waterloo, Ont. : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, c2013.
isbn
155458888X
9781554588886
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
The question of compassion fatigue: an introduction -- What is compassion? -- Differing understandings of compassion fatigue -- A new way of understanding compassion fatigue -- The cold heart: the bodily experience of compassion fatigue -- The endless winter: the temporal experience of compassion fatigue -- Lost and alone in a prairie blizzard: the experience of space in compassion fatigue -- An icy wall (within and between): relations and compassion fatigue -- Bundling up: finding hope in cold climes -- Survival in winter country.
catalogue key
11795957
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
The authors are Wendy Austin, Canada Research Chair (Relational Ethics), E. Sharon Brintnell, Erika Goble, Leon Kagan, Linda Kreitzer, Denise J. Larsen, and Brendan Leier. Scholars and/or clinicians situated primarily at the University of Alberta (Kreitzer, University of Calgary), they form an interdisciplinary group (anthropology, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, philosophy, psychology, and social work) with a deep interest in ethical, compassionate health care and the well-being of those who provide it.
Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
First used to describe the weariness the public felt toward media portrayals of societal crises, the term compassion fatigue has been taken up by health professionals to name - along with burn-out, vicarious traumatisation, compassion stress, and secondary traumatic stress - the condition of caregivers who become too tired to care. Compassion, long seen as the foundation of ethical caring, is increasingly understood as a threat to the well-being of those who offer it.
Main Description
First used to describe the weariness the public felt toward media portrayals of societal crises, the term compassion fatigue has been taken up by health professionals to name -- along with burn-out, vicarious traumatisation, compassion stress, and secondary traumatic stress -- the condition of caregivers who become too tired to care". Compassion, long seen as the foundation of ethical caring, is increasingly understood as a threat to the well-being of those who offer it. Through the lens of hermeneutic phenomenology, the authors present an insiders perspective on compassion fatigue, its effects on the body, on the experience of time and space, and on personal and professional relationships. Accounts of health professionals, alongside examinations of poetry, images, movies, and literature, are used to explore the notions of compassion, hope, and hopelessness as they inform the meaning of caring work. The authors frame their exposé of compassion fatigue with the very Canadian metaphor of lying down in the snow". If suffering is imagined as ever-falling snow, then the need for training and resources for safe journeying in winter country becomes apparent. Recognising the phenomenon of compassion fatigue reveals the role that health services education and the moral habitability of our healthcare environments play in supporting professionals ability to act compassionately and to endure.
Main Description
First used to describe the weariness the public felt toward media portrayals of societal crises, the term compassion fatigue has been taken up by health professionals to name-along with burnout, vicarious traumatization, compassion stress, and secondary traumatic stress-the condition of caregivers who become "too tired to care." Compassion, long seen as the foundation of ethical caring, is increasingly understood as a threat to the well-being of those who offer it. Through the lens of hermeneutic phenomenology, the authors present an insiders perspective on compassion fatigue, its effects on the body, on the experience of time and space, and on personal and professional relationships. Accounts of health professionals, alongside examinations of poetry, images, movies, and literature, are used to explore the notions of compassion, hope, and hopelessness as they inform the meaning of caring work. The authors frame their expose of compassion fatigue with the very Canadian metaphor of "lying down in the snow." If suffering is imagined as ever-falling snow, then the need for training and resources for safe journeying in "winter country" becomes apparent. Recognizing the phenomenon of compassion fatigue reveals the role that health services education and the moral habitability of our healthcare environments play in supporting professionals ability to act compassionately and to endure.
Main Description
First used to describe the weariness the public felt toward media portrayals of societal crises, the term compassion fatigue has been taken up by health professionals to name-along with burnout , vicarious traumatization , compassion stress , and secondary traumatic stress -the condition of caregivers who become "too tired to care." Compassion, long seen as the foundation of ethical caring, is increasingly understood as a threat to the well-being of those who offer it. Through the lens of hermeneutic phenomenology, the authors present an insider's perspective on compassion fatigue, its effects on the body, on the experience of time and space, and on personal and professional relationships. Accounts of health professionals, alongside examinations of poetry, images, movies, and literature, are used to explore the notions of compassion, hope, and hopelessness as they inform the meaning of caring work. The authors frame their exposé of compassion fatigue with the very Canadian metaphor of "lying down in the snow." If suffering is imagined as ever-falling snow, then the need for training and resources for safe journeying in "winter country" becomes apparent. Recognizing the phenomenon of compassion fatigue reveals the role that health services education and the moral habitability of our healthcare environments play in supporting professionals' ability to act compassionately and to endure.
Table of Contents
The Question of Compassion Fatigue: An Introductionp. 1
What Is Compassion?p. 11
Differing Understandings of Compassion Fatiguep. 33
A New Way of Understanding Compassion Fatiguep. 53
The Cold Heart: The Bodily Experience of Compassion Fatiguep. 65
The Endless Winter: The Temporal Experience of Compassion Fatiguep. 85
Lost and Alone in a Prairie Blizzard: The Experience of Space in Compassion Fatiguep. 113
An Icy Wall (Within and Between): Relations and Compassion Fatiguep. 137
Bundling Up: Finding Hope in Cold Climesp. 157
Survival in Winter Countryp. 179
Epiloguep. 195
Bibliographyp. 201
Indexp. 217
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