Resilience and Compassion Fatigue Among Registered Nurses in Ghana

  • Williams Kwasi Peprah Valley View University- Ghana
Keywords: Resilience, Compassion fatigue, Registered Nurses


In the healthcare sector, nurses provide health care services to different clients which can resultin compassion fatigue. The resilience of nurses helps to provide control of compassion fatigue.The purpose of this study is to examine if there is a relationship between resilience andcompassion fatigue and also find a significant difference in resilience and compassion fatiguein terms of sex, age, and clinical experience. Correlational research design was utilized where249 registered nurses were conveniently sampled from Ghana. The study utilized a Resiliencequestionnaire Scale developed by Wagnild and Young (2010) and Professional quality of life(ProQOL) scale developed by Stamm (2010) was adapted and modified for compassion fatigue.The statistical treatments used were and Pearson Correlation, T-Test and ANOVA to addressthe research questions. The study showed that there was a high positive significant relationshipbetween resilience and compassion fatigue. There was a significant difference in age and sexon compassion fatigue however, no significant on clinical experience. Sex and clinicalexperience showed a significant difference in resilience but no significant difference when agewas considered. The results of the study suggest that registered nurses in Ghana experiencehigh compassion fatigue. In preventing the compassion fatigue of the nurse's measures shouldbe instituted to increase the resilience level of the nurses. Healthcare administrators should putin measures to reduce the compassion fatigue of the nurses. Further researchers should exploreother variables in relation to the resilience to help reduce the compassion fatigue of nurses
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Simon Akwasi Osei is currently a Master of Science in Nursing student at Adventist University of the Philippines. He has a Bsc. in Nursing from Valley View University and is a member of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwife Association. He worked as a professional nurse for 5 years in Ghana.
Fiskvik Boahemaa Antwi is a conscientious and dedicated Registered Nurse in Trinidad and Tobago, providing exemplary service to God and Man. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing at the Adventist University of the Philippines. Fiskvik has a bachelor's in nursing from the University of the Southern Caribbean in Trinidad and Tobago. Her assiduity of the nursing profession has inspired her to venture into the world of research.


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How to Cite
OSEI, S., ANTWI, F., & Peprah, W. (2019). Resilience and Compassion Fatigue Among Registered Nurses in Ghana. Abstract Proceedings International Scholars Conference, 7(1), 179-192.

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