Event Title

Compassion Fatigue Among First Responders

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Robert Hiener and David Mackey

Location

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

Presentation Type

Event

Start Date

5-3-2018 3:00 PM

End Date

5-3-2018 4:00 PM

Abstract

This study focuses on how the opioid epidemic in the Northeast effects job satisfaction and compassion fatigue among first responders. Despite the severity of the epidemic, and the significant role these first responders play, few studies look at how opioid epidemic effects job satisfaction and compassion fatigue among this group of professionals. The study consists of ten semi structured interviews with firefighters who had any number of years of job experience. Questions focused on job experience with overdose call, and overall job satisfaction. Participants were employed in the Northeastern, United States, specifically southern New Hampshire. The sample was gathered using a snowball sample. Interviews were set up with a few first responders from communities in New Hampshire that experience high rates of overdose calls. After finishing one interview, the participant was asked if they knew of any other firefighters who would be willing to speak about the opioid crisis and be interviewed.

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Compassion Fatigue Among First Responders

Hartman Union Building Courtroom

This study focuses on how the opioid epidemic in the Northeast effects job satisfaction and compassion fatigue among first responders. Despite the severity of the epidemic, and the significant role these first responders play, few studies look at how opioid epidemic effects job satisfaction and compassion fatigue among this group of professionals. The study consists of ten semi structured interviews with firefighters who had any number of years of job experience. Questions focused on job experience with overdose call, and overall job satisfaction. Participants were employed in the Northeastern, United States, specifically southern New Hampshire. The sample was gathered using a snowball sample. Interviews were set up with a few first responders from communities in New Hampshire that experience high rates of overdose calls. After finishing one interview, the participant was asked if they knew of any other firefighters who would be willing to speak about the opioid crisis and be interviewed.