Effects of the Use of the Provider Resilience Mobile Application in Reducing Compassion Fatigue in Oncology Nursing

Patricia Jakel, RN, MN, AOCN; Jillian Kenney, RN, BSN, OCN; Natalia Ludan, RN, BSN, OCN; Pamela S. Miller, PhD, RN, ACNP, CNS; Norma McNair, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC; Edith Matesic, DNP, RN, NEA-BC


Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2016;20(6):611-616. 

In This Article

Abstract and Introduction


Background: Oncology nurses have increased exposure to the prolonged illness, tragedy, loss, and premature death of patients. As a result, they are at higher risk for developing compassion fatigue.

Objectives: The aim of this study was to examine if use of the Provider Resilience mobile application (PRMA) will improve oncology nurses' professional quality of life.

Methods: The quasiexperimental design was comprised of a longitudinal approach to evaluate the effect of an intervention program, PRMA, on professional quality of life between two nonrandomized groups (intervention and control) using pre- and post-tests in a sample of oncology RNs.

Findings: The findings of this study demonstrated no significant relationships between the intervention and control groups on secondary traumatic stress, compassion satisfaction, and burnout among oncology nurses.


Oncology nurses are at particular risk for a type of secondary traumatic stress (STS) known as compassion fatigue (CF). Nurses with compassion fatigue have been reported to experience psychological, emotional, and, eventually, physical symptoms. Without intervention, CF can lead to nurses changing jobs or careers (Boyle, 2011). This study explores the effect of a convenient, low-cost, and accessible mobile application on professional quality of life of oncology nurses at risk for CF.