Implementing a Peer Support Network to Promote Compassion Without Fatigue

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ObjectiveThe aims of this study were to implement a Peer Support Network (PSN) pilot project including education/training, peer support, and resiliency training and to explore how interventions impact compassion satisfaction (CS) and compassion fatigue (CF) in a community hospital.BackgroundCF has been reported to negatively affect nurse retention. The PSN provides a 3-tiered team approach to enhance CS and support nurses experiencing CF symptoms.MethodsTwenty nurses participated in PSN training and completed preimplementation and 6-week postimplementation surveys: Professional Quality of Life, Compassion Practice Instrument, and self-care resource utilization.ResultsStatistically significant improvements in CS and nonstatistical improvements in CF were found.ConclusionPromoting a PSN may increase CS and potentially prevent work-related physical, emotional, social, and intellectual CF sequelae.

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