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  • Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technician
Hours: 5 Contact Hours
Author(s): Barbara Rubel, BS, MA, BCETS, CPBC
Peer Reviewer(s): Dianne Hutto Douglas, DNS APRN-CNS
Item#: N1684
Contents: 1 Course Book (48 pages)
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Self-Care Strategies for Compassion Fatigue Prevention

Price $26.95
Item # N1684
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: December 31, 2015

Expiration Date: December 31, 2018

Compassionate caring can cause a helper to relive the experience of the client and even duplicate the client’s symptoms. This course covers the impact of burnout and reviews practical suggestions for integrating self-care strategies into one’s life to increase psychological well-being. This course is also valuable to leaders who want to build a resilient workplace. With an understanding that everyone experiences stress, this course begins by identifying stressors and contributors to job burnout. To provide the nurse (including the certified case manager nurse) with tools to self-care and prevent burnout and compassion fatigue, the FABULOUS Principle, a framework that identifies eight protective factors that build resilience and prevent compassion fatigue, is presented.


This course is an extraction of and should not be taken with, N1658 Death, Dying, and Bereavement, 3rd Edition (30 contact hours).

Iowa Nurses - This course is not accepted for continuing education credit by the Iowa Board of Nursing.


CCMs - This program has been pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit (4 hours) to Certified Case Managers (CCMs). Approval expires November 29, 2018.



Course Objectives

  • Identify the concept of burnout syndrome.
  • Describe compassion fatigue and contributors to its occurrence.
  • List pathways of self-care to counter compassion fatigue and enhance resilience.
  • Describe how self-compassion can prevent compassion fatigue.

Barbara Rubel, BS, MA, BCETS, CPBC, is a dynamic keynote speaker, trainer, consultant, and acclaimed, nationally recognized author. Barbara received a BS in Psychology and an MA in Community Health, with a concentration in thanatology, from Brooklyn College. She is a board-certified expert in traumatic stress; Diplomate, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress; Certified Bereavement Specialist; and Certified Pastoral Bereavement Counselor. Barbara was featured in the Emmy award-winning documentary Fatal Mistakes, narrated by Mariette Hartley. As a bereavement specialist, Barbara has supported terminally ill individuals, facilitated bereavement support groups, and taught graduate and master’s-level courses at Brooklyn College. Through ShareGrief, she supports the bereaved internationally. She is the author of the book But I Didn’t Say Goodbye and contributing writer in Thin Threads: Grief and Renewal and Open to Hope’s Fresh Grief. Her keynotes on compassion fatigue energize and motivate healthcare professionals to build resilience. Barbara’s website is

Dianne Hutto Douglas, DNS, APRN-CNS, is a professor at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing. She received a Bachelor of Nursing Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master of Nursing and Doctorate of Nursing Science from Louisiana State University Medical Center. Dianne is certified as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse – Clinical Nurse Specialist by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and has experience in medical-surgical nursing and psychiatric nursing. Her research interests include death, dying, bereavement, and grief resolution; gerontology and geropsychiatric nursing; psychiatric nursing and therapeutic communication; and empathy.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.