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.
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.
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.
Statistically significant improvements in CS and nonstatistical improvements in CF were found.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).