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dc.contributor.authorPerry, Beth
dc.identifier.uri /1741
dc.descriptionMy contribution was well received. Some excellent questions were raised. For example there were nurses attending who had been experiencing compassion fatigue (CF). They asked if the fact that they had experienced CF meant that they were not exemplary nurses. This excellent question caused me to re think aspects of the upcoming research project on this same topic. The critique by my colleagues was helpful in clarifying aspects of subsequent investigations. Many people commented that they found the presentation materials reawakened in them their own lived experience which is the test of phenomenology. I judge the experience as positive in many ways.en
dc.description.abstractThe goal of this phenomenological study was to determine what within the lived experiences of exemplary oncology nurses facilitates the avoidance of compassion fatigue. A purposive sample of 7 oncology nurses (RNs) who were identified by their colleagues as exemplary caregivers was recruited. Data were collected through semi-structured conversations which were subsequently transcribed. Transcripts were analyzed for reoccurring themes using three points of reference; recurrence of ideas, repetition of ideas, and forcefulness with which ideas were expressed (Owen, 1984). Findings focus on three themes; moments of connection, making moments matters, and energizing moments. Discussion highlights practical implications for clinical nurses, nurse educators and health care administrators.en
dc.description.sponsorshipAcademic & Professional Development Fund (A&PDF)en
dc.subjectCompassion Fatigueen
dc.titleWhy Exemplary Oncology Nurses Seem to Avoid Compassion Fatigue presented at the 20th Annual Canadian Association of Nurses in Oncology (CANO) Conference in St. John's, NF, September 14-17, 2008en

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