Graduate project

The Relationship Among Health Promotion Behaviors, Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and Compassion Satisfaction in Nurses

Nurses working in healthcare put in many long hours providing compassionate care to their patients and their emotional support to their families. Often the healthcare workers will put their patients’ needs before their own. After an extended period of neglect nurses and healthcare workers often feel some burnout (BO) level, which leads to compassion fatigue. Healthcare workers cannot take care of their own physical and emotional needs, but they cannot be there for their patients like they should be able to provide optimum care. This can lead to medical errors, slower recovery time for patients and eventually nurses leaving the profession altogether due to BO. The purpose of this grant proposal is to examine if there is a relationship between different health promotion behaviors that California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) advanced practice nursing (APN) students may engage in and if there any long term effect on the level of compassion fatigue or BO that nurses experience as well as their varying levels of compassion satisfaction. The study’s dependent variable will be the CSUSM APN students’ responses on the self-reported CS and CF scores that will be measured by the Professional Quality of Life Survey version 5 (ProQOL). The relationship between the ProQOL scores and health promotion behaviors will then be evaluated to see if there are any patterns of significance. The data will be collected over a One month period of time. This study’s significance is to aid in the level of knowledge that we have about CF, BO, and its relationship to CS, improving patient care and retention of employees.

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