Year of Publication


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


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.