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Implementing a Peer Support Network to Promote Compassion Without Fatigue

Wahl, Carol, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE; Hultquist, Teresa Barry, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC, NE-BC; Struwe, Leeza, PhD, MSN, RN; Moore, Judy, MSN, RN-BC

Journal of Nursing Administration: December 2018 - Volume 48 - Issue 12 - p 615–621
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000691

Objective The 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.

Background CF 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.

Methods Twenty 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.

Results Statistically significant improvements in CS and nonstatistical improvements in CF were found.

Conclusion Promoting a PSN may increase CS and potentially prevent work-related physical, emotional, social, and intellectual CF sequelae.

Author Affiliation: Assistant Professor (Dr Wahl), University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing, Kearney; Associate Professor (Dr Hultquist), University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing, Omaha; and Assistant Professor (Dr Struwe), University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing, Lincoln; Clinical Educator (Ms Moore), CHI Health Good Samaritan, Kearney, Nebraska.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Wahl, HSEC-CON, 2402 University Dr, Kearney, NE 68849 (

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