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Reducing Burnout and Promoting Professional Development in the Palliative Care Service

Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing: June 2022 - Volume 24 - Issue 3 - p E108
doi: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000876


  • Read the article. The test for this nursing continuing professional development (NCPD) activity is to be taken online at Tests can no longer be mailed or faxed.
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The authors and planners have disclosed that they have no financial relationships related to this article.

CE Test Questions

LEARNING OUTCOME: Seventy-five percent of participants will demonstrate knowledge of leadership strategies to support resilience by achieving a minimum score of 70% on the outcomes-based posttest.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: After completing this continuing professional development activity, the participant will be able to apply knowledge gained to:

  1. Describe burnout and compassion fatigue and the factors associated with these concepts.
  2. Select interventions to decrease burnout in healthcare providers.
  3. Identify how a professional development (PD) intervention promoted PD and affected burnout in palliative care nurse practitioners (NPs).
  1. According to Maslach et al. (1986), burnout has been previously described as
    1. increased personal achievement.
    2. emotionally energized.
    3. depersonalization.
  2. Rizo-Baeza et al. (2018) identified factors associated with worsening burnout, which include
    1. refocusing on self-care.
    2. having a low patient workload.
    3. working more than 8 hours per day.
  3. According to Reith (2018), what should be done to improve satisfaction among healthcare workers?
    1. Identify burnout as an individual level issue.
    2. Implement interventions to improve satisfaction.
    3. Ignore self-care because burnout is not associated.
  4. The emotional cost of caring is also known as
    1. burnout.
    2. compassion fatigue.
    3. secondary traumatic stress.
  5. Research by Maunder et al (2021) indicated that removing health care providers from high stress environments for short periods of time can
    1. decrease burnout.
    2. reduce focus.
    3. increase compassion fatigue.
  6. Which of the following statements accurately describes an aspect of the palliative care NP PD intervention?
    1. Each full time NP received two eight-hour PD days per month.
    2. PD days took place in a protected area of the NP break space.
    3. PD days continued for a period of six months.
  7. After the PD days intervention, the palliative care NPs demonstrated statistically significant improvement in all of the following variables except
    1. compassion satisfaction.
    2. burnout.
    3. secondary traumatic stress.
  8. Qualitative results of the pilot study indicated that the NPs felt that
    1. disconnecting was more important than the PD educational aspects.
    2. days “away” ultimately detracted from patient care.
    3. the PD days allowed them to grow and strengthened their clinical skills.
  9. Overall, the PD days intervention served to
    1. decrease burnout and secondary trauma while improving compassion satisfaction.
    2. increase burnout, improve compassion satisfaction and increase secondary trauma.
    3. decrease burnout, decrease compassion satisfaction, and decrease secondary trauma.
  10. The authors concluded that the PD days allowed the palliative care NPs to have
    1. greater exposure to palliative care topics.
    2. enhanced individualism.
    3. more time for personal endeavors.
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