Year of Publication

2018

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Dr. Debbie Hampton

Clinical Mentor

Cis Gruebbel

Committee Member

Dr. Pam Missi

Committee Member

Dr. Charlotte Ipsan

Abstract

Background: Compassion fatigue (CF) and secondary traumatic stress (STS) is prevalent in intensive care nurses, especially in pediatric intensive care nurses (PICU). CF/STS leads to burnout, reduced employee engagement, and nursing turnover.

Purpose: The purpose of this project was to evaluate the impact of a staff resilience program on nursing turnover, employee engagement and improved compassion satisfaction/ resilience among nurses in a PICU.

Methods: A retrospective pre-test and post-test design was used to evaluate the impact on turnover and engagement after implementation of the staff resilience program. Comparison of RN turnover and engagement results pre-implementation were compared to RN turnover during the intervention year and engagement results post intervention. The Professional Quality of Life Scale (ProQOL) was used to measure CF/STS, burnout, and compassion satisfaction/resilience post implementation.

Results: RN turnover was reduced, and employee engagement was improved, although the differences were not statistically significant. The aggregate scores of the ProQOL indicated the RN’s had low levels of CF/STS and burnout with high levels of compassion satisfaction/resilience post implementation.

Conclusions: Education regarding CF/STS, burnout, and resilience compassion satisfaction coupled with interventions designed to promote resilience can be effective in reducing CF/STS, burnout, and building compassion satisfaction/resilience.

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