Advisor(s)

Megan Lieb, DNP
Ohio Northern University
Nursing, Health & Behavioral Sciences
m-lieb.2@onu.edu

Jamie Hunsicker, DNP
Ohio Northern University
Health & Behavioral Sciences, Nursing
j-hunsicker@onu.edu

Document Type

Poster

Start Date

23-4-2021 9:00 AM

Description

Problem: Pregnancy loss is a globally experienced complication that results in trauma related disorders in patients, families, and their healthcare providers. Despite the known psychological risk, the literature on effective methods of protecting obstetric nurses’ mental health is lacking.

Purpose: The purpose of this project is to determine the effect of compassion fatigue and coping skill education on nurses’ ability to handle personal grief in the event of loss on an OB unit.

Methods: An author-developed 15 question pre and post-survey composed of primarily Likert-scale questions will be utilized to measure the effect of the education. The intervention of this study will include educational brochures on compassion fatigue and adaptive coping skills. The surveys and educational brochures will be distributed to day and night nursing staff. It is expected that 25 nurses will participate.

Pertinent Findings: It is expected that compassion fatigue and coping skill education will result in a decrease in the utilization of maladaptive coping skills and reported adverse symptoms.

Conclusion: With further education and training, nurses are better prepared to cope with grief when caring for patients experiencing pregnancy loss. Hospitals should implement nurse-centered trauma informed training to reduce the risk of compassion fatigue or secondary traumatization.

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Apr 23rd, 9:00 AM

Obstetric Nurses’ Coping Skills in the Event of Pregnancy Loss

Problem: Pregnancy loss is a globally experienced complication that results in trauma related disorders in patients, families, and their healthcare providers. Despite the known psychological risk, the literature on effective methods of protecting obstetric nurses’ mental health is lacking.

Purpose: The purpose of this project is to determine the effect of compassion fatigue and coping skill education on nurses’ ability to handle personal grief in the event of loss on an OB unit.

Methods: An author-developed 15 question pre and post-survey composed of primarily Likert-scale questions will be utilized to measure the effect of the education. The intervention of this study will include educational brochures on compassion fatigue and adaptive coping skills. The surveys and educational brochures will be distributed to day and night nursing staff. It is expected that 25 nurses will participate.

Pertinent Findings: It is expected that compassion fatigue and coping skill education will result in a decrease in the utilization of maladaptive coping skills and reported adverse symptoms.

Conclusion: With further education and training, nurses are better prepared to cope with grief when caring for patients experiencing pregnancy loss. Hospitals should implement nurse-centered trauma informed training to reduce the risk of compassion fatigue or secondary traumatization.