Compassion literacy in the emergency department: A health education strategy in Southwestern Alberta emergecny departments

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McLeod, Angela
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Health Sciences
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Health Sciences
An increase in opioid crisis’s presenting to rural Emergency Departments (ED) has the potential to lead to compassion fatigue (CF) and burnout (BO) (Sinclair et al., 2016). The purpose of this project is to increase knowledge and understanding of compassion literacy and establish self-care techniques to improve compassion satisfaction for Southwestern Alberta Emergency Department nurses. This education in-service was grounded in ADDIE’s model of Instructional Design along with Bloom’s Taxonomy as the guiding educational model throughout the development and implementation process. The one hour educational in-service was presented to two specific target audiences. Data was collected utilizing a mixed methods research methodology from a participant feedback questionnaire and direct facilitator observations. The findings concluded that an education in-service focused on compassion literacy was successful and needed. By building compassion literacy knowledge and establishing self-care techniques, there is potential to enhance compassionate care to Registered Nurses (RN) within the opioid crisis.
Burn out (Psychology) , Compassion , Secondary traumatic stress , Self-care, Health , Rural health services. , Rural mental health services