Date of Award

Summer 7-22-2021

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Camille Payne, PhD, RN

Second Advisor

Beverly McInnis, DNP, CNS, RNC


Practice Problem: Compassion fatigue is a growing problem that can affect 21% to 39% of nurses who work in hospital settings (Berger et al., 2015). Compassion fatigue has been further exacerbated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Compassion fatigue negatively impacts the nurses in profound physical and emotional ways.

PICOT: The PICOT question that guided this project was: For obstetrical nurses working in a nonprofit organization, what is the effect of a compassion fatigue program, compared with no program, on nurses in reducing compassion fatigue after two months?

Evidence: Current evidence shows that mindfulness decreases compassion fatigue and increases compassion satisfaction.

Intervention: This paper describes how a mindfulness program was implemented in obstetrical unit in a nonprofit hospital in central Virginia.

Outcome: The implementation of this mindfulness program has resulted in a 15.6% increase in compassion satisfaction, a 35.1% decrease in burnout, and a 39.5% decrease in secondary traumatic stress.

Conclusion: This EBP project demonstrated that the mindfulness program successfully decreased the incidence of compassion fatigue in obstetrical nurses at a statistically significant level.


Scholarly project submitted to the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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