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The purpose of this study was to explore levels of compassion satisfaction, compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary post-traumatic stress of critical care nurses. Compassion fatigue is a combination of physical, emotional, and spiritual depletion that caregivers experience when they care for patients who are in physical or emotional distress. Compassion fatigue has affected many nurses and has a direct effect on patients' satisfactions. Jean Watson's Theory of Human Caring served as the theoretical framework for this study. The literature shows that there is a prevalence of compassion fatigue of acute care nurses. A quantitative study was performed using the ProQOL tool and the participants' demographics to determine the level of compassion satisfaction, burnout, and post-secondary traumatic stress. Descriptive statistics were used and the results showed critical care nurses had an average level of compassion satisfaction and burnout with a low secondary post-traumatic stress level. This study serves to add to the current literature.
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Couch, Lyndsey Brooke, "Compassion Fatigue and Burnout of Critical Care Nurses" (2017). Nursing Theses and Capstone Projects. 289.