- A unique collection of international perspectives from leaders and experts in the field on a highly relevant topic in palliative care
- The only book to discuss management of caregiver stress and staff support from social, political and cultural perspectives
- Provides an extensive analysis of the challenge of finding a balance between the support needs of patients, families, and staff and the resources available
The need for renewal and support for those who care for seriously ill, dying, and bereaved people has been acknowledged from the very beginning of the hospice and palliative care movement. While often referring to the rewards and satisfactions of the work, Dame Cicely Saunders was the -first to acknowledge that helping encounters with dying patients and distressed relatives could be a source of anguish and grief for dedicated and compassionate carers.
Caregiver Stress and Staff Support in Illness, Dying, and Bereavement discusses the challenge of finding a balance between the support needs of patients, families, and staff and the resources available. With contributions from practitioners and researchers from around the world, this book recognizes that palliative care today is being provided in many different settings and that there may be wide variations in the way individuals and organizations identify and manage the stressors that arise through the work. This unique collection of international perspectives on the complexities and management of caregiver stress and staff support builds on the firm foundation Mary Vachon built over thirty years ago in her studies, yet broadens the scope to include significant social, political, and cultural variations on the theme.
Readership: Managers and leaders in hospice and palliative care services, hospitals, community health services, aged care and disability services, emergency services, welfare organizations, funeral directors, individual health care practitioners such as doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, chaplains and coordinators of volunteers in all fields of service. The book will also be of interest to bereavement care organizations and educators involved with health care professionals in tertiary training institutes and universities.
Dr Sandra Bertman: Foreword
Irene Renzenbrink: Introduction
1: Mary L.S. Vachon: Four decades of selected research in hospice/palliative care: have the stressors changed?
2: Neil Thompson: Workplace well-being: a psychosocial perspective
3: Robin Youngson: Compassion in healthcare - the missing dimension of healthcare reform?
4: Radhule Weininger and Michael Kearney: Revisiting empathic engagement: countering compassion fatigue with 'Exquisite Empathy'
5: Yvonne Yi Wood Mak: Working and living with cancer, death, and dying: a personal reflection
6: Ann Saville and Rosemary Feeley: Jumping the fence: the impact of a life-threatening illness in the workplace
7: Val Maasdorp: The challenge of staff support in hospice care in Zimbabwe
8: Amy Yin Man Chow: Prevention of burnout and compassion fatigue through education and training: the project ENABLE
9: Wendy Wainwright and Susan Breiddal: Staff support: a shared responsibility at Victoria Hospice Society, British Columbia, Canada
10: Andrea Dechamps: Leadership and staff care, self-care and self-awareness: reflections from St Christopher's Hospice, London
11: Danny Nugus: Seeing beyond the sadness: Hope, resilience sustainable practice in childhood bereavement
12: Philip Larkin: Compassion: the essence of end-of-life care
13: Pam Firth: Clinical supervision and reflective practice in palliative care: luxury or necessity?
14: Rena Arshinoff: When answers elude us: spiritual care as a tool for healing
15: Ted Bowman: Reflections on caring: a brief essay on presence
Edited by Irene Renzenbrink, Social Worker and Educator, Australia and Canada
Irene Renzenbrink is an Australian social worker and pioneer in the field of death, dying and bereavement. Having worked in hospitals and hospice/palliative care services as well as the funeral industry she has acquired a depth of practice wisdom and knowledge about all aspects of occupational stress for helping professionals.