The Influence of Demographic and Job-related Characteristics on Nurses’ Compassion Satisfaction and Fatigue

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https://doi.org/10.3126/ijosh.v13i4.51447

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Burnout, Compassion satisfaction, Nurses, secondary traumatic stress

Abstract

Introduction: Growing stress and declining job satisfaction are the major challenges in nursing. Demographic and work-related factors may influence nurses’ compassion satisfaction and fatigue levels. Therefore, the study examined the impact of demographic and occupational factors on nurses’ professional quality of life.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted on 172 nurses working in two tertiary care hospitals in Pokhara using proportionate stratified random sampling. Data was gathered using the Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL) scale version 5 in September 2019. SPSS was used for bivariate and multivariate analysis to determine a significant relationship between socio-demographic and work-related variables and three professional quality-of-life subscales. The ethical approval was taken from the Institutional Review Committee (IRC) of Pokhara University (Reference Number: 83-075-76).

Results: Most of the participants showed an average level of compassion satisfaction (79.1%, n=136), burnout (77.9%, n=134), and secondary traumatic stress (85.5%, n=147). The study revealed a significant mean difference between demographic characteristics (marital status and having children at home) and three professional quality of life subscales. Similarly, the study did not yield significant mean differences between the work-related variables and three professional quality-of-life subscales.

Conclusion: Nurses in tertiary care hospitals exhibited moderate to high levels of compassion satisfaction while experiencing moderate to low levels of burnout and secondary traumatic stress. Despite moderate to low levels of burnout and secondary traumatic stress, it is imperative to address these issues as they have the potential to lead to medical errors and compromise patient care standards.

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Author Biographies

Salina Shrestha, Pokhara Academy of Health Science, Pokhara University, Kaski, Nepal

Staff Nurse, Pokhara Academy of Health Science, Pokhara University. Pokhara Metropolitan-30, Kaski Nepal
E-mail: sthasalina126@gmail.com

Sunita Sharma, School of Health and Allied Sciences, Pokhara University, Pokhara, Nepal

Assistant Professor, School of Health and Allied Sciences, Pokhara University. Pokhara Metropolitan-30, Kaski Nepal.
Tel.: +977- 9846113572, E-mail: sharmasunu789@gmail.com

Santosh Kumar Gurung, School of Business, Pokhara University, Kaski, Nepal

Assistant Professor, School of Business, Pokhara University, Pokhara Metropolitan-30, Kaski Nepall
E-mail: f18santoshg@iima.ac.in

Ramkrishna Chapagain, School of Business, Pokhara University, Kaski, Nepal

Assistant Professor, School of Business, Pokhara University, Pokhara Metropolitan-30, Kaski Nepal
E-mail: ramkrishnachapagain@gmail.com

Bharat Ram Dhungana, School of Business, Pokhara University, Kaski, Nepal

Associate Professor, School of Business, Pokhara University, Pokhara Metropolitan-30, Kaski Nepal
E-mail: dhunganabharat.pu@gmail.com

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Published

2023-10-10

How to Cite

Shrestha, S., Sharma, S., Gurung, S. K., Chapagain, R., & Dhungana, B. R. (2023). The Influence of Demographic and Job-related Characteristics on Nurses’ Compassion Satisfaction and Fatigue. International Journal of Occupational Safety and Health, 13(4), 529–539. https://doi.org/10.3126/ijosh.v13i4.51447

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