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Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma in Everyday Hospital Social Work: A Personal Narrative of Practitioner–Researcher Identity Transition

by Mim Fox
School of Health & Society, University of Wollongong, Sydney 2170, Australia
Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(11), 313; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8110313
Received: 5 October 2019 / Revised: 2 November 2019 / Accepted: 8 November 2019 / Published: 13 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Personal Essays in Social Science)
The story of my evolution as a practice-based collaborative researcher is a story that comes full circle. Through exploring my own experiences of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma as a hospital-based social worker, I am able to investigate the phenomenon across the profession and provide a critique of the needs of practitioners working in the complex environment of hospitals and health care. Parallel to this is an investigation into the need for practice research in this complex environment and in the profession overall as seen through the lens of a collaborative research partnership with social work hospital colleagues that transformed my approach to research. I have drawn on personal narrative, autoethnography and reflexive processing to investigate my own impact on and from this research. I conclude with an understanding of the power of storytelling in participatory action research and in the potential in collaborative research methodologies for authentic reciprocity and relationship to traverse the practice–research divide. View Full-Text
Keywords: compassion fatigue; vicarious trauma; social work; critical reflection; participatory action research; autoethnography compassion fatigue; vicarious trauma; social work; critical reflection; participatory action research; autoethnography
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Fox, M. Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma in Everyday Hospital Social Work: A Personal Narrative of Practitioner–Researcher Identity Transition. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 313.

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