I recently completed the Professional Quality of Life Scale (ProQOL). This tool is the most commonly used well-being assessment for persons working in the helping professions. The scale measures compassion satisfaction, burnout, and compassion fatigue.
Like most clinicians, nurses, CPSP staff, and CPHW's, I love my work and take pride every day in my ability to make a positive difference in my community. The ProQOL assessment clearly showed I am compassionately engaged in my work and not suffering from burnout- however, I was surprised to find that I do have signs of something called Secondary Traumatic Stress, as a matter of fact my score was twice normal.