Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Cheryl W. McGinnis
Compassion is an important tenet of nursing care delivery. When compassion is compromised, such as with compassion fatigue (CF), not only is patient care compromised, but also caregivers can be physically and psychologically affected, resulting in stress and burnout. The purpose of this project was to create a web-based educational toolkit focused on prevention of CF, establish the content validity of the elements in this toolkit, and make recommendations regarding its implementation and sustainability. Watson's theory of human caring guided this project. Ten experts with at least 10 years of experience and CF knowledge, a bachelor's degree in nursing, and certification or leadership experience validated the toolkit content using a content validity index. Ten toolkit elements were evaluated on a scale of 0 to 1, with a score of 0.79 or greater indicating relevance to content. Items meeting the score included the definition of CF, signs and symptoms, resources to prevent CF, the CF pledge, tools and links, and the goal and mission of the toolkit. A toolkit on CF might impact social change by providing resources for nurses to recognize and prevent CF, thus improving patient care.