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Coping Strategies and Interventions for Secondary Trauma, Compassion Fatigue, and Burnout for School Nurses [Enduring]

Release Date: 10/27/2022
Expiration Date: 10/27/2024
Originally presented at Virtual NASN2021.

Cost: $20.00/Free for NASN members!

Upon successful completion of this offering,
participants will be awarded 1.0 NCPD Continuing Nursing Education contact hours.

Instructions to Successfully Complete This NCPD CNE Program
To receive a Certificate of Completion and be awarded NCPD CNE contact hours for this program, follow the steps below, and complete and view the full content of the program including the program evaluation. If an assessment is included in the content, you will need to have 75% of the answers correct in order to pass the assessment. You will also have unlimited retakes on the assessment.

NASN will conduct an outcome assessment of a sample of participants at a later date. Please be advised that, if you complete this program, you may be asked to participate in this outcome assessment.

Step 1: Enroll in the program through the e-commerce system. Select the Purchase button. You will be directed to the e-commerce system. The program should already be in your shopping cart (look for the shopping cart icon at the top of the e-commerce web page). Select the shopping cart and choose "check out." You will receive a confirmation email with a link back to this program after your transaction.

Step 2: Complete and view the full content of the program. Content items are indexed at the bottom of this screen. After you enroll, you will return to this screen. The first content item will be “unlocked” so that you can begin completing the course. Subsequent items will “unlock” as you complete previous items.

Step 3: Retrieve the certificate.  After completing all content items, you will earn a certificate. You can save or print it.  Certificates are also stored in your Learning Center Profile.

Program Overview
The National Institutes of Health reported that one in three nurses expressed symptoms of compassion fatigue and burnout (Reith, 2018). As caseloads increase, school nurses are caring for students with multiple chronic illnesses and increased mental health disorders. These emerging health trends enable school nurses the unique opportunity to vicariously experience profound grief, dysfunction, pain, and anguish as they actively listen and empathize with students, families, and school staff. Over time, these experiences can lead to secondary trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout. Studies (Cocker, & Joss, 2016), have shown that human service professionals who are continuously exposed to clients experiencing trauma or stress can be negatively impacted physically, mentally, and emotionally. According to the American Nurses Association (2017), it is essential that nurses maintain their own individual health in order to foster a healthy personal and professional balance. It is imperative that school nurses be provided with resources to achieve individual resilience protective factors such as social skills, self-efficacy, cognitive restructuring, and psychological flexibility to be prepared to care for students, parents, and school faculty members.

As a result of participating in this session, school nurses will not only be able to define secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout, they will also be able to identify evidenced-based interventions and strategies to help prevent compassion fatigue and burnout and promote positive mental health and self-stewardship.

Learning Outcomes
As a result of participating in this educational program, learners will be able to: 

  • Define secondary trauma and compassion fatigue.
  • Learn how secondary trauma and compassion fatigue lead to burnout.
  • Identify three signs and causes of burnout.
  • Identify three interventions that mitigate the negative impacts of secondary trauma and compassion fatigue.
  • Identify at least three interventions to prevent burnout.

Intended Audience
This continuing education program is a practice, skill, and knowledge NCPD program developed to meet the educational needs of registered nurses who are interested in child, adolescent health, community/public health, and school nursing.

Peggy J. Moore, RN, BSN, NCSN, CPC
School Health Nurse and Certified Professional Coach
Overseas School Health Nurse Association, Kinser Elementary

Faculty and Nurse Planner(s) Disclosures
NASN must ensure that all educational program content is free of commercial interest, bias, influence, and that the integrity of the content is uncompromised. The intent of this disclosure is to provide learners with information on which they can make their own judgments.

The nurse planner(s), faculty, and reviewers disclose there are no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies for those involved with the ability to control the content of this program.

Accreditation Statement
The National Association of School Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by NASN or ANCC of any commercial products discussed in this learning program.

Commercial Support or Grant Funding
This program did not receive commercial support or grant funding.