Creative strategies for addressing Nursing Compassion Fatigue
Based on your final score, what did you learn about your personal creativity?
My final score was 33. According to the grading scale of creativity provided on page 138, a score of 33 surpasses that of moderate creativity and moves over into the above category denoted as Very Creative. Reflecting on this notion, thus far, I have learned that I have a high level of creativity. In gaining the abovementioned score of creativity, I further learned that creative strategies are not inherent in people. Notably, an interplay of wide-ranging factors fosters the manifestation of creativity in a person. Some of these activities include socializing, indulging in creative activities, and nurturing a deeper sense of imagination.
Based on your completion of Part 2, what activities are you interested in engaging in to increase your creativity?
Assessment of the results from Part 2 of the creative exercise has shed light on some of the activities whose continuous practice may aid in enhancing my level of creative strategies over time. From a personal vantage point, I strongly opine that I would love to interact more with individuals who think differently than myself to learn a new concept, idea, or activity. Socializing is a good way to cope. Indeed, people acquire more creativity and resilience by developing a strong social network. Nonetheless, I also intend to partake in exercises such as meditation and yoga. Exercising is a key strategy for coping in stressful environments. Besides revitalizing a person’s health, exercising helps reduce anxiety levels and fortify a person’s mentality. I also intend to use more imagination both at home and at work. To do this, I will take on more problem-solving work and/or activities to enhance my creativity.
What is the significance or value of creativity for Nurse Leaders?
Creativity refers to the development of useful and new ideas. Creative strategies are important to caregivers because, for one, they inspire satisfaction in the social and work lives of nurses. Nurses feel more alive and happy when their colleagues appreciate their level of creativity (Shahsavari et al., 2015). Nonetheless, creativity also enhances the provision of quality patient care. According to Shahsavari et al. (2015), creativity enables nurses to perform their care roles diligently and effectively, leading to better therapeutic outcomes and improved patient cooperation.
How creativity strategies can promote nurse satisfaction and well-being
Creativity is a vital need in the nursing profession. Nurses experience increased lethargy and occupational depression or stress in their line of work. Jack (2017) refers to such work-related stress as compassion fatigue. Compassion fatigue leads to indirect traumatization and burnout, undermining a nurse’s capacity to provide compassionate care to patients. Nurses can prevent compassion fatigue using a diverse array of creative strategies. One such strategy is learning how to adapt and cope in stressful environments (Sabery & Sabery, 2020). Adaptability refers to a person’s ability to regain control amidst stressful occurrences. It also encompasses various skills ranging from time management, balancing work and life, and separating professional and personal life (Sabery & Sabery, 2020). Other creative strategies include establishing measurable goals and objectives and prioritizing activities. Building a network of friends and families to support is also a core creativity strategy to help nurses cope with work-related frustration.
As a nurse leader, how can we identify compassion fatigue in peers, our interdisciplinary team members, and ourselves?
Compassion fatigue increasingly stems from a nurse’s continued exposure to stressful incidences affiliated with providing care and/or desire to provide care to a patient in pain. Manifestation of a wide array of symptoms may signal the existence of underlying compassion fatigue in nursing. One such sign is sadness (Jack, 2017). Nonetheless, changes in assumptions and beliefs among nurses may also signal the development of compassion fatigue (Jack, 2017). Other signs include detachment and avoidance.
What creative strategies [thinking outside of the box] would you propose if you had no limitations to prevent compassion fatigue within the work setting?
Compassion fatigue is unavoidable in the nursing profession. As such, I would recommend gaining educational training on how to identify and manage symptoms of compassion fatigue. While gaining access to social support and adapting to changing scenarios are effective mechanisms for coping with stress, most nurses lack the knowledge to identify compassion fatigue. Most people just assume compassion fatigue is burnout or stress.
Jack, K. (2017). The meaning of compassion fatigue to student nurses: an interpretive phenomenological study. Journal Of Compassionate Health Care, 4(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40639-017-0031-5
Sabery, F., & Sabery, M. (2020). Prevention and Management of Compassion Fatigue (CF) in Clinical Nurses: a Qualitative Content Analysis. Research Square.
Shahsavari Isfahani, S., Hosseini, M. A., Fallahi Khoshknab, M., Peyrovi, H., & Khanke, H. R. (2015). Nurses’ creativity: advantage or disadvantage. Iranian Red Crescent medical journal, 17(2), e20895. https://doi.org/10.5812/ircmj.20895