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Authors

  1. Young, Jennifer L. MSN, RN-BC
  2. Derr, Denise M. RN-C
  3. Cicchillo, Vikki J. RN, BS, CCRN
  4. Bressler, Sonya RN, BSN, CCRN

Abstract

Objectives for this project were to determine the prevalence of compassion satisfaction (CS), burnout, and secondary traumatic stress (STS) in heart and vascular nurses to confirm whether differences exist between intensive care and intermediate care nurses. The Professional Quality of Life Scale Compassion Satisfaction and Compassion Fatigue: Version 5 developed by Stamm (2009) was used. Results showed that nurses who work in the heart and vascular intermediate care unit had average to high scores of CS, low to average levels of burnout, and low to average levels of STS. Nurses who work in the heart and vascular intensive care unit had average to high levels of CS, low to average levels of burnout, and low to average levels of STS. These findings suggest that leadership should be aware of the prevalence of STS and burnout in heart and vascular nurses. Raising awareness of STS and burnout in intensive care and intermediate care nurses can help in targeting more specific strategies that may prevent the onset of developing these symptoms.