Julia Ward and her colleagues ask the questions:
Are there significant changes in empathy over time in undergraduate nursing students?
Does the extent of exposure to clinical experiences affect changes in empathy among undergraduate nursing students?
A similar study amongst medical students2 suggested several reasons for this erosion of empathy including:
- lack of strong role models
-negative attitudes from clinical faculty
-an intimidating educational environment
-perception of belittleness
-heavy educational assignment or clinical duties
- patients’ negativity
8 Strategies to seal the empathy leak: