Virtual Reality–Based Resilience Programs: Feasibility and Implementation for Inpatient Oncology Nurses

Sarah H. Michael

Pamela M. Villarreal

Michelle F. Ferguson

Jennifer L. Wiler

Richard D. Zane

Kathleen Flarity

virtual reality, compassion fatigue, burnout, oncology nurses
CJON 2019, 23(6), 664-667. DOI: 10.1188/19.CJON.664-667

The high prevalence of compassion fatigue contributes to burnout among oncology nurses. Interventions are needed to support individuals across diverse roles and practice settings in oncology. Virtual reality (VR) is an emerging technology that has been applied in healthcare education and training and is being explored as an intervention to reduce stress and support wellness for healthcare providers. This article reviews recommendations from an implementation project about a VR intervention for oncology nurses.


  • Interventions that reduce compassion fatigue and burnout among high-risk healthcare providers can improve job satisfaction and patient safety while reducing turnover-related expenses. 
  • VR programs are one tool that may help to improve resilience and well-being among nurses and other healthcare providers. 
  • Successful VR implementation requires prospective attention to a variety of organizational cultural and technical considerations. 
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