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Title: PREVALENCE OF COMPASSION FATIGUE AND COMPASSION SATISFACTION AMONGST NURSES IN GENERAL WARD SETTINGS
Authors: JOELYN CHEE JEE KEH
Keywords: compassion fatigue, compassion satisfaction, burnout, secondary traumatic stress, general ward, general ward nurses.
Issue Date: 21-Jun-2018
Citation: JOELYN CHEE JEE KEH (2018-06-21). PREVALENCE OF COMPASSION FATIGUE AND COMPASSION SATISFACTION AMONGST NURSES IN GENERAL WARD SETTINGS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: ABSTRACT Background: Compassion Fatigue (CF) has been described as the cost of caring for patients in significant distresses which results in undesirable consequence on the health of nurses and healthcare delivery. Compassion Satisfaction (CS) on the other hand, is defined as the pleasure derived from being able to care. These negative emotional encounters faced by nurses in the General Ward Settings are often undermined. Aims: To investigate the prevalence and factors influencing CF (Burnout and Secondary Traumatic Stress) and CS amongst general ward nurses in a Singapore tertiary hospital. Method: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted on 200 nurses working in various General Ward settings in a Singapore tertiary hospital in October 2017. The instrument used consisted of two sections, (1) Self-designed demographic questionnaire and (2) Professional Quality of Life Scale. Parametric and regression analyses were utilised to examine the aims and objectives of the study. Results: The majority nurses displayed average levels of CS, CF (Burnout) and CF (Secondary Traumatic Stress), the mean scores were 36.18 (SD= 5.24), 26.22 (SD= 4.52), 21.19 (SD= 4.17), respectively. Using the Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) nurses with a highest qualification of diploma in nursing displayed the highest levels of CS. Ethnicity was also found to have significant impact on the levels of CF (Burnout). Malay nurses were found to have the highest levels of burnout and Filipino nurses displayed the lowest level of burnout. Nurses who have indicated low perceived emotional support from peer, family, and organisation, have showed higher levels of CF (Burnout and Secondary Traumatic Stress) and lower levels of CS. The years of experience in their current unit was found to be a predictor of CS, and perceived organisational emotional support was also found to be a predictor of burnout amongst General Ward nurses in the multiple linear regression analysis conducted. X Conclusion: The prevalence of CF (Burnout and Secondary Traumatic Stress) and diminished CS among nurses in General Ward settings should not be overlooked and taken lightly. Organisations should acknowledge their importance in the mitigation and prevention of CF (Burnout and Secondary Traumatic Stress) among nurses.
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