Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Document Type

Major Paper


Zvart Onanian School of Nursing



Date of Original Version

December 2023


Compassion fatigue (CF) is a term to describe the exhaustion resulting from repeated exposure to stress, leading to both emotional and physical complications. Research investigating nurses experiencing CF demonstrates a decrease in productivity, an increase in medication errors, and decreased patient care. It is also associated with high turnover rates, which are costly for hospitals to absorb. Resiliency training is one intervention recommended to decrease CF. Stress management and resiliency-training programs are being researched to determine if they can give nurses the coping skills needed to combat CF. The purpose of this Quality Improvement Project is to develop an Evidenced Based Clinical Practice Update (EBCPU) to encourage nursing leadership to incorporate resiliency training into nurse residency programs to decrease levels of CF experienced by nurses. The design that is being proposed for this quality improvement project for new graduate nurses is a quasi-experimental, non-equivalent control group pretest-post-test. The intervention group receives resiliency training incorporated into their nurse residency education. Quantitative data will be collected using the measurement tool the Professional Quality of Life Scale-5 (ProQOL-5). Findings from the literature review were used to create an EBCPU encouraging inclusion of resiliency training into nurse residency programs to decrease CF leading to decreased nurse turnover, decreased hospital costs, and improved patient outcomes.

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