Clinicians who care for only a few palliative care patients in their practice may be greatly affected. They may experience:
Those who work in well-functioning palliative care teams often experience some powerfully protective factors:
Nurses are not always very good at looking after themselves. It isn't always easy to factor self-care strategies into busy work or social lives despite it being something that most nurses know they should include. If stress builds up without an outlet nurses can face the possibility of burnout. Building self-care into daily routines can help to avoid the build-up of stress and avoid burning out.
Listen to Palliative care Australia’s, Mindful Breathing guide
Read PCNow’s factsheet on Managing one’s emotions as a clinician
More contributing factors resources
Last updated 20 August 2021