It looks at the significant professional stress for social workers that can be created working with dying individuals and their families in the hospice setting. This study explores how hospice social workers perceive the stress of their work with the dying and how this stress may be manifested as compassion fatigue. In addition, this study is intended to consider if and how the use of social work supervision and a focus on the more fulfilling and satisfying aspects of hospice work may serve to lessen the experience and impact of compassion fatigue.
Sally expects that hospice social workers who have routine access to supervision in their work and are in touch with the parts of their work that are meaningful and fulfilling will experience less compassion fatigue. After graduation, Sally will begin her professional career as an assistant professor of social work at Grand Valley State University.