As a VITAS professional, you experience both compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue from caring for others. Research is showing that a mindful focus on compassion towards your patients increases your well-being and self-care strategies are the central intervention for reducing and preventing compassion fatigue and burnout. My recent self-care study (see below) demonstrated that there is a spirit of compassionate care and organic “together” self-care being practiced at VITAS.
Living the Compassionate Life brings true happiness that can't be bought. A key finding of the study was that hospice staff who felt good about helping their clients tended to take care of themselves better and have lower risk for burnout and secondary traumatic stress. VITAS staff who engaged in multiple and frequent self-care strategies experienced higher professional quality of life. Hospice organizations have begun to recognize that the pursuit of wellness among their staff is a win for both patients and staff. Staff wellness should be encouraged intentionally and holistically. Another study among spiritual care professionals demonstrated the organizational factors that were associated with healthy self-care and well-being.
Productivity increases and attrition decreases since healthy staff are productive staff who enjoy their work. In the hospice professional’s journey toward wellness, mindful self-care is imperative. One of the outcomes of the study was to draw on the wisdom within the VITAS program and encourage staff to shared how they take care of themselves, what inspires and equips them for sustainable compassionate care and compassionate living. The sample program resource is entitled:
If you did not yet assess your self-care and well-being, this evidence-based assessment measures your compassion satisfaction, self-care, compassion fatigue, burnout risk and provides custom feedback from which you can take direct action to improve your self-care and well-being. Click the below button to begin.