Compassion Fatigue, Burnout Leads to High Nursing Turnover
When oncology nurses experience compassion fatigue, the consequences can be dire: from nurses leaving their place of employment, to implications for health care institutions and—most importantly—decreased quality of patient care. A recent study published in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing examined the relationship between compassion fatigue and nurse turnover.
“Compassion fatigue is a growing area of concern for health care organizations. Nurses are among the most trusted of professionals among the general population, and it’s crucial that we advocate for nurse well-being so that nurses may continue to deliver optimal care for patients,” Diana Wells-English, DNP, FNP-BC, investigator on the study and nurse at HCA Healthcare, said.
The researchers used surveys to collect data from 93 nurses at a 90-bed urban cancer center and measured compassion satisfaction, compassion fatigue and turnover intention.
Compassion fatigue and burnout were found to be strong indicators of nurse turnover.