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First Advisor

Elissa Allen

Second Advisor

Susan Houtrouw


Due to the nature of the profession, it is not uncommon for nurses to experience compassion fatigue. Compassion fatigue is often accompanied by other issues, including job dissatisfaction and poor quality of patient care. This can even lead to the nurse’s desire to transfer from the unit where they are currently employed, ultimately resulting in a shortage of nurses on certain units. Among nurses most at risk for developing compassion fatigue are pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) nurses, due to the difficulty of caring for their patient population. The purpose of this project is to identify factors that increase the likelihood of developing compassion fatigue in PICU nurses and modify and existing compassion fatigue assessment tool to include questions related to these factors. The Compassion Fatigue Scale for PICU Nurses will aid in the identification of compassion fatigue in this high-risk population. The overall goal is to implement this scale on pediatric intensive care units so that compassion fatigue can be accurately identified and addressed before it affects job satisfaction and quality of patient care.

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Honors Thesis-Restricted

Restricted to Campus until


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