Development of an Educational Plan with Compassion Fatigue Preventive Strategies for Registered Nurses

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Full Abstract: Compassion fatigue in the nursing profession can be detrimental to individual nurses as well as health care organizations. Nurses that are victims of compassion fatigue may experience a plethora of medical and mental health conditions and nurses working with traumatized and suffering patients may start to relive the patients’ stress and anxiety. Health care organizations are affected by compassion fatigue as employees call in sick and experience conflict and lack of teamwork and nursing staff resist necessary changes. The primary purpose of this project is to review the current evidence on compassion fatigue preventive strategies and to develop an educational plan for registered nurses. The specific objective is to produce an educational film based on two of the Standards of Self Care Guidelines set forth by the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology: 1) health care providers must do no harm to themselves while caring for others, and 2) health care providers have a responsibility to take care of their own physical, social, emotional, and spiritual selves.

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