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Doctor of Nursing Practice
Dr. Debbie Hampton
Dr. Pam Missi
Dr. Charlotte Ipsan
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.
Flanders, Stacy, "Evaluation of a Staff Resilience Program in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit" (2018). DNP Projects. 199.