Study: Critical care nurses find balancing work satisfaction, stress challenging

By Nurse.com: October 1 2015

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Critical care nurses face a challenge in balancing the satisfaction of providing quality care to patients and their families with fatigue and stresses on their own quality of life. According to an article in the August issue of Critical Care Nurse, understanding the demographic and organizational factors related to nurses’ professional quality of life can help educators and healthcare leaders develop effective work environment interventions.

In “Compassion Satisfaction and Compassion Fatigue Among Critical Care Nurses,” lead author Tara Sacco, MS, RN, CCRN, AGCNS-BC, ACCNS-AG, and her team describe the demographic, unit and organizational factors that may contribute to nurses’ professional quality of life. The article also discusses the prevalence of satisfaction and fatigue in adult, pediatric and neonatal critical care nurses.
Critical care nurses at a western New York academic medical center were surveyed using a demographic questionnaire and the Professional Quality of Life Scale to measure levels of compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction, according to the article. A total of 221 nurses from nine units responded to the cross-sectional survey, which examined levels of compassion satisfaction, burnout and secondary traumatic stress.

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