Creativity in the health system plays a crucial role in providing solutions to existing routine health problems. Nurses are primary caregivers in nearly all health systems, which positions them at the centre stage to offer creative patient-centred solutions (Helming et al., 2020). Nurses’ creativity also aids in determining newer and most viable solutions to their day-to-day challenges in the health environment. Often, many extremely critical and life-saving situations in health systems require nurses to ‘think out of the box’ from routine nursing practices. To provide competent nursing care, creativity plays a critical role in the routine duties of nurses.
The majority of nurses have clinical qualifications and experience to administer patient-centered care. However, nurses with creative abilities and problem-solving skills stand an edge above the rest. Critical situations in a healthy environment may require more than the clinical practices in nursing. Creative nurses emerge better equipped in these situations to provide subtle solutions when needed. They need to embrace practices, thoughts, and experiences that enhance their creative thinking to offer health solutions and implement them.
Compassion fatigue is a stressful condition where one experiences diminishing or declining empathy and compassion for others’ suffering. Compassion fatigue occurs from continuous exposure to traumatizing situations. It is a form of secondary traumatic stress often characterized by a feeling of being overwhelmed, dizziness, a perturbed mental state and lack of sleep. Compassion fatigue is prevalent among nurses from repeated exposure to patients’ sufferings in the health environment and stressful work demands (Stanley & Maria, 2018). It is less predictable and may occur when least expected.
If not appropriately managed, compassion fatigue can develop into an occupational nursing hazard. Compassion fatigue can be detrimental to the physical and mental health of nurses over time. In addition, compassion fatigue can lead to serious legal implications for nurses. Fortunately, compassion fatigue is treatable. First, nurses suffering from compassion fatigue need to monitor their stress-inducing routine and begin working on less stressful schedules and workloads. Nurses can also perform regular exercises as a way to treat compassion fatigue. Other treatment measures include ensuring healthy sleeping patterns and having therapy sessions.
While providing patient care, nurses can be vulnerable to other conditions, compassion fatigue being one. It is imperative to take preventive measures to avoid compassion fatigue. Such measures include setting emotional boundaries at work, building nurses’ support network, keeping nurses’ workload manageable, among other measures. Finally, nurses need to care for themselves to avoid compassion fatigue.
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