Date of Award
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Camille Payne, PhD, RN
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.
Samuel, N. (2021). Reducing the Incidence of Compassion Fatigue in Obstetrical Nurses. [Doctoral project, University of St Augustine for Health Sciences]. SOAR @ USA: Student Scholarly Projects Collection. https://doi.org/10.46409/sr.QMBM9010
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