Compassion Satisfaction and Compassion Fatigue Among Critical Care Nurses

Author(s): Tara L. Sacco, RN, MS, CCRN, ACNS-BC, ACCNS-AG, Susan M. Ciurzynski, RN, MS, PHD, PNP, Megan Elizabeth Harvey, RN, BSN, Gail L. Ingersoll,RN, EDD

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP C 1.00

Expires Aug 01, 2019

Topics: Healthy Work Environment

Population: Lifespan

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Although critical care nurses gain satisfaction from providing compassionate care to patients and patients’ families, the nurses are also at risk for fatigue. The balance between satisfaction and fatigue is considered professional quality of life.


  • Differentiate between compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue
  • Identify factors that contribute to compassion fatigue
  • Discuss the relationship between compassion satisfaction and healthy work environments

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