Compassion fatigue among nurses : the cost of having a relationship with HIV-positive patients

Show simple item record Tellie, Mercia Leech, Ronell Van Wyk, Neltjie C. 2021-02-12T14:14:33Z 2021-02-12T14:14:33Z 2020-11
dc.description.abstract In the public healthcare sector in South Africa, nurses treat a large number of patients who are infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) on an outpatient basis. Many patients consult the nurses only when they experience symptoms due to the delayed onset of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment. The large number of patients and often poor outcome of treatment could result in compassion fatigue in the nurses. The aim of the current study was to describe the cost of having a relationship with HIV-positive patients on nurses who work in outpatient ARV clinics. A qualitative, single, embedded case study design was used, and six registered nurses (RNs) and one enrolled nurse (EN) were individually interviewed. The data analysis revealed two themes, namely: (1) the risk of developing compassion fatigue; and (2) the manifestation of compassion fatigue. The themes were discussed with reference to the extant literature. Many research reports have focused on compassion fatigue in nurses in hospital-based settings, but few on the manifestation of compassion fatigue in nurses who work in outpatient settings. The authors concluded that nurses who take care of HIV-positive patients on an outpatient basis are at risk of developing and do manifest compassion fatigue, and it is thus recommended that programmes be instituted to support them. en_ZA
dc.description.department Nursing Science en_ZA
dc.description.librarian pm2021 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Tellie, M., Leech, R. & Van Wyk, N. 2020, 'Compassion fatigue among nurses: the cost of having a relationship with HIV-positive patients', Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery, vol. 22, no. 2, a6937, pp. 1-19. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2520-5293 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.25159/2520-5293/6937
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Unisa Press en_ZA
dc.rights © Author(s) 2020. Published by Unisa Press. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International License ( en_ZA
dc.subject Outpatient ARV clinic en_ZA
dc.subject Compassion fatigue en_ZA
dc.subject Nurse-patient relationship en_ZA
dc.subject Manifestation en_ZA
dc.subject HIV-positive patients en_ZA
dc.subject Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) en_ZA
dc.subject Antiretroviral (ARV) en_ZA
dc.title Compassion fatigue among nurses : the cost of having a relationship with HIV-positive patients en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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