Fight the Burn

Fight the Burn

Introduction: Health care workers, especially those in pediatrics, have a high risk for compassion fatigue (CF). A wellness program (WP) might help decrease CF and increase compassion satisfaction (CS).

Method: This project implemented and evaluated a WP in a pediatric postanesthesia care unit at a large children's hospital. The project evaluated the effectiveness of a WP using pre- and post-WP surveys, which assessed CF (i.e., burnout and secondary traumatic stress), CS, and overall satisfaction with the WP.

Results: Overall results demonstrated decreases in CF and increases in CS, self-care, healthy behaviors, and knowledge of CF. The perceived level of teamwork, morale, recognition, social support, and positive coworker interactions also increased. Overall, 77% of the respondents thought the WP helped decrease CF.

Discussion: Implementing a WP that incorporates social support, education, and healthy behaviors had significant benefits, including a reduction in CF.

Rank: 93
First Author: Schorch
Outcome: Emot. Exhaust./Comp. Fatig.,Burnout,Intervention Experience,PTSD
Outcome p-value: Emotional Exhaustion/Compassion Fatigue:●, Burnout:●, Intervention Experience:●, PTSD:●
Intervention Category: Coping Skills Development,Peer Support
Time per Employee (hours): No time specified.
D&B Study Quality Rating: 12
Reviewer Confidence: 1.5
Country: US
Study Design Type: Quasi-experimental
Materials Available to Implement: Intervention outlined in publication. Corresponding author:
Organiz./Individ. Focus: Individual / Organizational
Prevention Category: Secondary
Effect size Small:
Effect size Medium:
Reference: Schorch, K., Stamm, R., Priddy, D., & Taylor, C. (2021). A Wellness Program to Decrease Pediatric Postanesthesia Care Unit Staff Compassion Fatigue. Journal of Pediatric Health Ca : Official Publication of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates & Practitioners, jml, 8709735.