Date of Award

Fall 9-29-2009

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)




Oncology nurses face extraordinary stressors in their work. If this stress becomes prolonged, these nurses are at risk for burnout and compassion fatigue. One effective way for nurses to manage stress is to care for themselves, body, mind, and spirit. The concept of self-compassion reflects a meaningful approach to self-care. This pilot study explored the perception'of self-compassion by hospital based oncology nurses. A convenience sample of 37 oncology nurses was surveyed using four demographic questions and the Self-Compassion Scale by Kristin Neff. The results demonstrated positive correlation between years of nursing experience and years of oncology nursing experience with common humanity, one aspect of self-compassion. Further research about self-compassion and nurses may help to increase nurses' understanding of self-care and effective workplace stress management.


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