Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2021

Document Type

DNP Project

Project Team Faculty Member

Melissa Bogle

Project Team Faculty Member

Bernadette Sobczak


Compassion fatigue, Burnout, Compassion satisfaction, COVID-19, ProQol, quality of life, healthcare workers



The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed nurses to exhaustion while leaving them with compassion fatigue (CF) and burnout (BO). Compassion fatigue is secondary to traumatic stress and exposure, while burnout is the state of exhaustion of one’s ability to manage with their work and personal everyday stressors. This study aimed to determine whether a daily use of a meditation app could change quality of life indicators amongst front-line nurses affected by COVID-19. With the help of the ProQol assessment tool, along with a pre and post intervention surveys, participants’ awareness and personal experiences were evaluated. The study consisted of nurses at two St. Louis, Missouri regional hospitals that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Findings support the essential role of CF and BO education as well as self-care interventions in healthcare workers’ abilities to perform at the maximum level. Interventions aimed at reducing compassion fatigue and burnout can help to decrease and manage these symptoms.


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