MIND OVER MATTER: ENHANCING COMPASSION SATISFACTION IN ONCOLOGY NURSING Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
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  • Haskins, Jacob
    • Affiliation: School of Nursing
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  • Oncology nurses deal with many occupational stressors in an ever-changing health care environment. They are also witness to many traumatic incidents involving patient suffering and patient death. These experiences can lead to the nurses developing compassion fatigue, which affect work productivity, job satisfaction, and nurses’ ability to adequately care for their patients. Literature suggests that mindfulness based interventions are effective in preventing and reducing the effects of compassion fatigue for nurses in the oncology field. However, mindfulness interventions described in published research are expensive and often require nurses to take six to eight weeks away from their job, a requirement that may prove difficult for the nurses and their organizations. This project utilized smart phone applications to provide guided mindfulness meditations to address compassion fatigue for nurses on two-inpatient oncology units at a large academic medical center. The meditation intervention reduced compassion fatigue and enhanced compassion satisfaction for the participants. The intervention was a cost-effective method to help nurses cope with their work environment and should be integrated into oncology organizations to help prevent Compassion Fatigue.
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  • Jones, Cheryl
  • Giscombe, Cheryl
  • Kitzmiller, Rebecca
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2018
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