2042-17: Mini Concurrent Sessions: Self-Care

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2042-17:  Nurturing Compassion Energy Among Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses Working in Trauma Exposed Environments; Managing Staff Burnout on a 15-Bed Gero Psych Unit

This mini concurrent session includes two 20-minute presentations (described below) plus Q&A.

Nurturing Compassion Energy Among Psychiatric Mental Health Nurses Working in Trauma Exposed Environments
Compassion fatigue is a very real consequence of working with people who experience trauma and suffering. Nurturing compassion energy is key to promoting positive patient and nurse outcomes. A set of five intentional administrative practices can reinvigorate psychiatric nurses and prevent compassion fatigue who work in trauma exposed environments.   Presenters:  Nicole T. Kirwan RN, BSCN, MN, CPMHN(C)

Managing Staff Burnout on a 15-Bed Gero Psych Unit
Lack of employee satisfaction led to feelings of burnout on gero-psych units which was demonstrated by low employee opinion survey results. In turn, this was also demonstrated by low patient satisfaction scores. Changes from leadership that were influenced by staff led to an increase in employee and patient survey results.   Presenters:  Delrita Munion BSN, RN; Chelsey Rose, BSN, RN

Disclosures:  The presenters and planners have no conflict of interest or commercial support to disclose.  Off-label uses will not be discussed during this presentation.


Session Length:  29 minutes

Target Audience:  RN, APRN


Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

1. Define compassion energy.
2. Discuss administrative practices that, when bundled together, can enhance compassion energy among psychiatric mental health nurses.
3. Name two staff satisfaction techniques to prevent burnout for employees of geriatric psych units.
4. Recognize the impact of staff burnout on staff turnover for geriatric psych units.


Keywords:  Compassion Energy, Self Care, Burnout, Staff Satisfaction

Continuing Nursing Education
0.50 contact hours.  * In order to receive contact hours, you must: Listen to presentation, complete an evaluation, and earn a passing score on the post-test before the expiration date. You will have 5 tries to correctly answer the questions on the post-test and a score of 80% is required to pass. Once you have passed and completed an evaluation, the certificate will be generated online, available for you to print immediately. You cannot earn credit unless all steps are completed.

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


Originally Presented
APNA 31st Annual Conference
Phoenix, Arizona
Friday, October 21, 2017
12:00pm - 12:45pm

The contact hours for this session expire:  December 31, 2019

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