A Caveat for Nurses

The stress of coping with cancer-related PTSD does not stop with patients and their loved ones. Oncology nurses’ roles are ideal for helping their patients with unidentified and untreated cancer-related PTSD; unfortunately, it also puts nurses at risk for compassion fatigue. Hospitals should recognize this, and nursing management should see that support is provided as necessary so nurses can continue working in this important capacity.

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