Oncology nurses routinely witness great physical, emotional, spiritual, and existential suffering in their patients. This repeated exposure to trauma can be a regular stressor for the caregiver and can lead to compassion fatigue/secondary traumatic stress (CF/STS). Understanding and being able to recognize the symptoms of CF/STS and knowing how to manage and prevent the negative consequences can be critical to the personal and professional health of the nurse.
After participating in this activity, learners should be better able to:
- Identify the difference between burnout and compassion fatigue/secondary traumatic stress (CF/STS)
- Identify four risk factors for developing CF/STS
- List three coping mechanisms that help to manage or prevent CF/STS
- List four institutional interventions that can both prevent and treat CF/STS
IMPORTANT NOTICE: When you have passed the post-test and claim credit for this course, please be sure to claim full credit. Some myCME activities allow for variable credit, but this program is not designed to allow for variable credit. All certificates will indicate the full designated contact hours.
CE for Nurses
This continuing nursing education activity is provided by the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation (NPHF).
NPHF is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
This educational activity for 0.75 contact hours is provided by The Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation.
Kerstin L. McSteen, MS, ACNS-BC, ACHPN
Palliative care clinical nurse specialist
Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Kerstin L. McSteen, MS, ACNS-BC, ACHPN, reported no financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CE activity.
Planners, reviewers, and staff
Fiona J. Shannon, MHS, FNP; Phyllis Arn Zimmer, MN, FNP, FAAN; Tanya Gregory, PhD; Kristen Childress, DNP, ARNP and Connie Morrison-Hoogstede, MN, ARNP, AOCNP, reported no financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CE activity.
The Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation (NPHF) assesses conflict of interest with its instructors, planners, reviewers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of CE activities. All relevant conflicts of interest that are identified are thoroughly vetted by NPHF for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies utilized in this activity, and patient care recommendations. NPHF is committed to providing its learners with high quality CE activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in health care.
Disclosure of Unlabeled Use
This educational activity does not contain discussion of any published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA .
The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of or imply endorsement by NPHF, the American Nurses Credentialing Center, or Haymarket Media, Inc. As this article contains only a review, participants have an implied responsibility to use this newly acquired information while also consulting other appropriate sources of information in order to gain full understanding of the topic.
Co-sponsored by the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation and Haymarket Media Inc.
To obtain credit, a score of 80% or better is required. This CNE is offered at no cost to participants. Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully completed this program, answered all test questions, completed the posttest survey, and have received your digital copy of your credit certificate. Your online certificate will be saved on myCME.com within your Profile/Exam History, which you can then access at any time.
WINDOWS PC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:
266-MHz Pentium II; Windows 98 or higher; 64 MB RAM; 800 x 600 screen resolution
set for “High Color (16-Bit)”; Macromedia Flash Player 6 or higher.
MACINTOSH® SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:
Power Mac g3 at 300 MHz; System 8.5 or higher (excluding Mac OSX); 96 MB RAM; 20
MB minimum hard disk space available; 800 x 600 screen resolution set to “Thousands
of Colors”; Macromedia Flash Player 6 or higher.