DNP Scholarly Projects


According to Stamm (2010), Compassion fatigue (CF) refers to the negative aspects of caring and compassion satisfaction (CS) refers to the positive aspects. Compassion fatigue is well documented in oncology nurses. It is a concept incorporating both burnout (BO) and secondary traumatic stress (STS). Nurses working with patients who have cancer are exposed to a multitude of stressors that may contribute to CF and ultimately high turnover rates. The purpose of this study is to explore the relationships between CS, STS, BO, and turnover intention in a sample of oncology nurses. The study is a correlational study utilizing survey methodology to examine the prevalence of CF and turnover risk in a sample of 94 oncology nurses at a metropolitan cancer center in the southern United States. The Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL-V) survey tool was used to determine CS, STS, and BO levels in the sample. The Turnover Intention Scale (TIS-6) was utilized to determine turnover intention in the sample. Secondary traumatic stress and burnout are positively correlated with turnover intention. Regression analysis showed that decreased CS and increased BO are significant predictors of turnover intention. To mitigate and prevent CF, it is imperative that organizations be proactive and implement measures to provide nurses with adequate resources at the institutional level as well as place high priority on the risk factors for CF.



First Advisor

Giese, Jeannie

Scholarly Project Team Member

Price, Joesph

Scholarly Project Team Member

Tarr, Sara


Nursing, School of


Health Sciences & Nursing, Gordon E. Inman College of

Document Type

Scholarly Project


Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Degree Level


Degree Grantor

Belmont University


Secondary traumatic stress; Cancer--Nursing; Burn out (Psychology); Nurses--Job satisfaction

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