Ompassion Fatigue Tools for Facilitating an Interactive Educational Forum for Psychiatric Nurses

Capstone Project Service Learning Project Change Initiative.

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Aim of the Project: To develop an interactive educational module for psychiatric nurses to increase their knowledge about compassion fatigue and in doing so augment their skills in self reflection, and their ability to create and maintain a self-care plan for resiliency and prevention for self and to facilitate these skills with others.
Project/Research question: Will the information on Compassion Fatigue presented in an interactive educational format by a psychiatric nurse with leadership and use of self skills provide sufficient knowledge and resources for the participants to recognize symptoms and augment their self reflection skills in order to create and maintain a self-care plan for resiliency and provide a proficiency to facilitate these skills with others.

A Service Learning Project a Change Initiative

Description: The purpose of the capstone project is to provide an interactive educational forum for psychiatric nurses that will introduce knowledge and resources that will augment their knowledge and understanding of compassion fatigue. The forum will include strategies for psychiatric nurses to recognize compassion fatigue triggers, early warning signs, tools for building resilience to overcome and prevent future occurrences. The methods used will be an interactive educational forum present by a psychiatric nurse with leadership and use of self skills. Tools for self assessment and implementation of a self care plan will be included as well as a PowerPoint presentation.

Outcomes: Psychiatric Nurses will enhance their self reflection skills in their ability to create and maintain a self-care plan for resiliency and facilitate learning skills with others. They will also augment their skills in recognizing symptoms of compassion fatigue, treatment plan and implement as well as making use of tools to aid in prevention in others.
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The purpose is to introduce information and provide resources to a group of psychiatric nurses (British trained model) that will augment their knowledge and understanding of compassion fatigue. This forum will idenfity and recognize fatigue triggers, early warning signs and offer strategies for self care for building resilience to overcome and prent future occurrences and in teaching others. The method used will be an interactive educational forum presented by a psychiatric nurse with leadership and use of self skills. Tools for self assessment and imploementation of a self care plan will be included as well as a powerpoint presentation.Following is an example of table of content requirements for the projects
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND
Introduction
Project Description
Project Purpose and Objectives
Project Method
Organization of Paper
Background

CHAPTER TWO: LITERATURE REVIEW
Introduction
Search and Retrieval Strategies for Literature Review
Literature Review

CHAPTER THREE PROJECT METHODOLOGY

CHAPTER FOUR: Service learning Project

CHAPTER FIVE: CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Summary
Outstanding Questions/Issues
Implementation Benefits
Further recommendations

REFERENCES

APPENDICES

This is what I started to develop for my proposal before developing a severe writers block and hopefully this will provide some assistance. I have also done a substantive research review and can provide if this would be helpful.

Introduction
The purpose of this capstone project is to provide background information and develop an interactive educational forum for psychiatric nurses that will increase their knowledge and understanding about compassion fatigue. Self assessment and self care tools will be provided in an information sharing forum created to stimulate participant discussions about individual experiences and understanding of compassion fatigue. Exercises will be provided as well as self screening tools to assist participants in identifying, preventing and treating compassion fatigue in self and others. The project will be a Change Initiative for psychiatric nurses to improve their skills in understanding compassion fatigue and in recognizing symptoms, treatment considerations, and tools for building resilience.
The developed interactive educational forum for psychiatric nurses will be facilitated by a psychiatric nurse who has demonstrated leadership and use of self skills. In order to reach a better understanding of compassion fatigue a literature review will be included for information. This will include making a distinction being made between Primary or Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Secondary or Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS). The presenter will incorporate information from various references in relation to other Secondary Trauma concepts such as burnout, vicarious traumatization, counter transference and compassion fatigue. An understanding of the various positions and differences will be discussed and concluded with a definition of compassion fatigue that is presented for the purposes of this project. A PowerPoint presentation will be included in the presentation.

Background
Compassion fatigue is a relatively new concept that was identified in a study done about emergency unit nurses who expressed and were showing signs and symptoms of burnout and exhaustion (Joinson,1992). The literature review presented many challenges among them was the use of various terms used to describe a similar phenomenon such as secondary traumatic stress, vicarious trauma, countertransference, burnout and secondary stress reaction that were often used interchangeably with compassion fatigue. Figley (1995) defined the concept as a?stress resulting from helping or wanting to help a traumatized or suffering persona? but at the same time suggested this concept could be used interchangeably with secondary traumatic stress. There seems to be a greater focus on what to call the trauma induced phenomenon rather than focusing on the helper in need. In providing a historical sequencing to clarity various concept phenomenons and to their use Gentry (2002) noted that Carl G. Jung in 1907 had a discussion about countertransference that led to the first published literature examining the effects of therapy upon the therapist.
A holistic approach in working with individuals, families, groups and communities is a fundamental core of psychiatric nursing so it is essential that psychiatric nurses understand the relationships between the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, cultural and social aspects of individuals. Psychiatric nurses, throughout their education, are expected to embrace the concept of a?therapeutic use of selfa? and in a?building a therapeutic relationshipand to do so is essential in being able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of self-awareness such as personal feelings, thinking, actions and responses. Therapeutic use of self is the use of oneself that such a way that one becomes an effective tool in the evaluation and intervention process. It is a planned interaction with another person to alleviate fear or anxiety, and to provide reassurance in order to obtain the information necessary in preparing an effective intervention plan. As a profession they are also expected to have an awareness of their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual self. In building a therapeutic relationship with their patient/client it is expected that psychiatric nurses have knowledge and demonstrated understanding of recognized theories to guide their practice. It is also with the understanding there are unique characteristics of a therapeutic relationship that may be influenced context, culture and in characteristics of a social relationship. The psychiatric nurses interactions are geared towards promoting growth and development, to improving and maintaining function and in fostering a greater ability to cope with the stresses of