Advisor(s)

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

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

Document Type

Poster

Start Date

23-4-2021 9:00 AM

Description

Problem: The ever-growing trend of compassion fatigue (CF), the stress resulting from repeated exposure to trauma by the individuals they serve in healthcare, has been a present-day struggle within the healthcare-field. CF can lead to a variety of negative outcomes such as depression, decreased empathy and sympathy, drug and alcohol abuse, etc. Despite this, a gap in literature remains about how to combat compassion fatigue.

Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of CF education on student nurses’ and registered nurses’ knowledge and implementation of stress reduction and preventative practices.

Methods: Junior/senior-level nursing students at a local university and Registered Nurses from a local ICU-stepdown unit were asked to complete an anonymous pre-intervention survey to analyze stress and fatigue. Participants then received stress management education and prevention interventions about increasing resiliency. They were asked to promote this practice for two weeks and then asked to complete a post-survey.

Findings: It is expected that the healthcare-personnel will have decreased rates of CF after the implementation of resiliency education and interventions.

Conclusion: It is suggested that nursing students and registered nurses utilize resiliency techniques to reduce overall rates of CF using resiliency methods to decrease negative outcomes.

Notes

This presentation is part of the Honors Capstone Enhancement Presentation series.

Ware - Preventative Practices Capstone Poster.pdf (866 kB)
Capstone poster to accompany recorded presentation.

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Apr 23rd, 9:00 AM

Preventative Practices to Decrease Compassion Fatigue

Problem: The ever-growing trend of compassion fatigue (CF), the stress resulting from repeated exposure to trauma by the individuals they serve in healthcare, has been a present-day struggle within the healthcare-field. CF can lead to a variety of negative outcomes such as depression, decreased empathy and sympathy, drug and alcohol abuse, etc. Despite this, a gap in literature remains about how to combat compassion fatigue.

Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of CF education on student nurses’ and registered nurses’ knowledge and implementation of stress reduction and preventative practices.

Methods: Junior/senior-level nursing students at a local university and Registered Nurses from a local ICU-stepdown unit were asked to complete an anonymous pre-intervention survey to analyze stress and fatigue. Participants then received stress management education and prevention interventions about increasing resiliency. They were asked to promote this practice for two weeks and then asked to complete a post-survey.

Findings: It is expected that the healthcare-personnel will have decreased rates of CF after the implementation of resiliency education and interventions.

Conclusion: It is suggested that nursing students and registered nurses utilize resiliency techniques to reduce overall rates of CF using resiliency methods to decrease negative outcomes.