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Document Type

DNP - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Mary Lou Mylant


Compassion fatigue, mindfulness-based stress management, nursing


This DNP project had two purposes. The first was to define the prevalence of compassion fatigue (CF) among nurses working under the central staffing office (CSO) of a small, urban, Midwestern, Magnet status regional hospital. The second purpose was to use mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) techniques as an intervention to reduce the risk of CF. Compassion fatigue (CF) and burnout (BO) among nurses is a major concern, affecting nurses’ health and ability to perform their jobs. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) techniques have been proven beneficial in reducing CF and BO among healthcare providers. The Professional Quality of Life version V (ProQOL V) survey was used to assess the risk of developing CF (Stamm, 1998). Participants were provided with a one-hour educational session teaching on MBSR methods and then given six weeks to use these techniques. They were then asked to resubmit the ProQOL V to measure any change in CF risk Due to limited participation (n = 6 pre-intervention; n = 2 post-intervention), descriptive statistics were utilized and verified improvement in CF risk with regular use of MBSR techniques for the two participants that completed both pre- and post-ProQOL V surveys. As a nurse practitioner, identifying healthcare providers with CF and educating those individuals on the regular use of MBSR can improve physical and mental health. These techniques can also be taught to any member of the health care team and provide a healthy avenue of relieving stress. The next step is incorporating the education into this health care system’s curriculum.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Secondary traumatic stress
Mindfulness (Psychology)
Burn out (Psychology)
Stress (Psychology)


Includes bibliographical references (pages 36-40)



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