Evidence-Based Strategies to Mitigate Compassion Fatigue Among Oncology Nurses

Reagan Payson

Cibele W. Webb

oncology nursing, compassion fatigue, self-compassion, coping strategies
CJON 2022, 26(6), 664-667. DOI: 10.1188/22.CJON.664-667

Oncology nurses are at higher risk for compassion fatigue (CF) than nurses working in other specialties. This increased incidence occurs as a result of the type of stress oncology nurses encounter in the workplace (e.g., caring for patients with life- threatening illnesses). Exacerbating this problem is the nurse’s lack of knowledge related to using adaptive coping strategies to mitigate the effects of CF. This article reviews information about CF and introduces the practice of self-compassion as a strategy to minimize the effects of CF in oncology nurses.

At a Glance

  • CF is a serious condition that negatively influences oncology nurses’ quality of life and ability to provide care, threatening patient safety and the nurse’s well-being.
  • Education about CF is needed to facilitate the implementation of adaptive coping mechanisms.
  • Learning self-compassion and implementing mindfulness-based programs, including therapy and self-care activities, have been shown to prevent CF and mitigate its effects.
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