Compassion Fatigue Primer for Our Current Work Environment


About the Course
Compassion fatigue is the distress resulting from the continual demands of caring for others and witnessing pain and trauma. Compassion fatigue affects not only the healthcare provider in terms of job satisfaction, emotional health, and physical health, but also the workplace environment by decreasing productivity and increasing turnover. Our current healthcare work environments are amplifying all the factors that lead to compassion fatigue. This seminar will describe the stages, causes, symptoms, and consequences of compassion fatigue. It will also introduce strategies for assessing levels of stress and implementing strategies to prevent/minimize the development of compassion fatigue in your healthcare setting. 

Learning Outcomes

  • List the physiological effects of chronic uncertainty and stress. 
  • Recognize the causes, symptoms, and consequences of stress and compassion fatigue.
  • Describe assessment tools used to understand levels of compassion fatigue in your work environment.
  • Identify effective strategies to prevent/minimize stress and to improve health and work satisfaction.

About the Author
Neely Sullivan has worked with diverse client populations ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics in a variety of clinical settings. These experiences, as well as extensive education in health and wellness topics, have allowed her to develop and implement health and wellness programs for clients and employees. She has served in multiple regional and corporate management roles where she has developed health and wellness program policies. She works closely with multidisciplinary teams to ensure that all individuals have the opportunity to attain their highest level of function and quality of life. 

Neely currently provides educational support to 13,000+ therapists nationwide as an Education
Specialist and National Director of Wellness for Select Rehabilitation. She has lectured extensively at the national and state level on the topics related to clinical care, client advocacy, the role rehabilitation in wellness. She has authored publications focusing on evidence-based practice and clinical care. Neely conducts audits, quality improvement planning, and clinical training to employees and customers monthly. She received her physical therapy degree from Georgia State University and is a member of the APTA (including the sections of Clinical Electrophysiology & Wound Management and Geriatrics).

How to Receive Credit  

  • Watch the course video which requires a 2-hour commitment of time. Complete a mandatory test (a passing score of 75% is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
Planners, faculty, and others in control of content (either individually or as a group) have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Colibri Healthcare, LLC not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.
The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. 
©2023: All Rights Reserved. Materials may not be reproduced without the expressed written permission or consent of Colibri Healthcare, LLC. The materials presented in this course are meant to provide the consumer with general information on the topics covered. The information provided was prepared by professionals with practical knowledge of the areas covered. It is not meant to provide medical, legal, or professional advice. Colibri Healthcare, LLC recommends that you consult a medical, legal, or professional services expert licensed in your state. Colibri Healthcare, LLC has made all reasonable efforts to ensure that all content provided in this course is accurate and up to date at the time of printing but does not represent or warrant that it will apply to your situation nor circumstances and assumes no liability from reliance on these materials. Quotes are collected from customer feedback surveys. The models are intended to be representative and not actual customers. 

Accreditations and Approvals
Colibri Healthcare, LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

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Target Audience(s)

  • Occupational therapists/ occupational therapy assistants
  • Physical therapists/ physical therapy assistants
  • Speech-language pathologists/ Speech-language pathology assistants
  • Nurses (RN, LPN)
  • Respiratory Therapists