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Forbidden Access for trying to Name a Baby

When my sister gave birth to her first child last year, I had the honour of being in the room to support her and witness this tiny miracle. Pretty soon after the birth, I left the room to call my parents and relay the awesome news. When a baby is born in my family, it is our spiritual and religious belief to do a prayer and open our scripture and select the first verse of that page as blessings for the newborn. We name the baby with the first letter of that scriptural verse. It is a sacred ceremony to us and many generations including my own children and myself were named this way. So, my parents were happily waiting to do this for my niece. 

I was on my way back, excited to bring my sister the blessing of the scriptural verse and letter to be used for the name of her child, but I got stopped at the nurses’ desk. There, sitting at the desk, was a new nurse - who said I couldn’t go in. I told her I had just been there and I only left to go and call my...

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How Highly Empathic Heath Care Professionals can Prevent Compassion Fatigue

Having Empathy creates a better health partnership between physician/provider and patients.
Physicians who had a higher empathy score, have higher scores of emotional exhaustion, as shown in this research.
What do we do when we have high empathy scores and are therefore prone to emotional exhaustion with our work? This can result in compassion fatigue, burn out or vicarious traumatization.
Spirituality is important in patient care because it has been observed to give strength in being able to cope, have better quality of life and better well-being. This applies to ourselves also; engaging in our own spirituality will give us the strength, resilience and well being to prevent emotional exhaustion.
Signs you may be having compassion fatigue include:
Having Sadness & Grief
Avoidance or dreading working with some patients or people at work
Detachment and reduced empathy towards patients or families
decreased intimacy towards loved ones and self
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