Compassion fatigue is an inability or reduced capacity to feel and convey genuine understanding, empathy and support. Few healthcare professionals are immune to compassion fatigue. It occurs most often when the need for compassion is great and seemingly unrelenting. In healthcare facilities, this problem usually exists when the level of stress is high, demand for attention is rising and emotional reserves appear insufficient to accommodate the needs of not only patients and families but also staff. Here are some tips in addressing compassion fatigue: 1. Determine whether compassion fatigue is a valid concern within your organization, and involve your staff in preparing an action plan to eliminate it if possible or at least reduce it. 2. Consider job-sharing arrangements to allow personnel in particularly stressful positions to work in other settings as well. 3. Encourage retreats and educational opportunities that can refresh and inspire staff members to focus on compassionate care of others and one's self.