Dr. Kathryn Chachula, RN PhD
Dr. Chachula is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing at Brandon University. Her research program is focused on teaching and learning in nursing education and curricular strategies that prepare graduates for entry into the workforce. She is a Teaching Affiliate in the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology at Brandon University and a Research Affiliate with the Manitoba Centre for Nursing and Health Research, and Centre for Critical Studies of Rural Mental Health at Brandon University. She also served as a Council Member on the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba from August 2014-2020.
This session will provide participants with an overview of Professional Quality of Life that encompasses Compassion Satisfaction and Compassion Fatigue in relation to pre-licensure health studies students. The presentation will highlight prevalence scores and student characteristics that contribute toward Compassion Satisfaction development as well as tenets of Compassion Fatigue that are comprised of burnout and secondary traumatic stress in nursing and psychiatric nursing students.
1. Do you worry that framing nursing as a calling rather than a profession devalues the education and technical expertise of nursing?
Florence Nightingale said nursing was a calling and a vocation. I disagree about the vocation part. Nurses are highly intelligent and educated. I believe that nurses are not just trained. Given the high level of education that every person who enters the profession goes through as part of their preparational programming to gain that entry to practice.
2. It’s a gut wrenching feeling to work as hard as you can and know that your patients are receiving sub-par care because you don’t have enough staff and resources to provide good care. Does that fit more under burnout or compassion fatigue in the models you shared?
3. Can advocating for unit or systemic change be part of a coping strategy? Like, I want to feel less stressed out and anxious now, but if I worked in an adequately resourced setting I’d have less to cope with.
4. In my experience over the last two decades, present and recent students are not receptive to criticism and feedback. I worry that the future of our profession is rapidly declining as the newest generation of students and nurses cannot receive feedback, coaching and learning.
5. Any tips on what to do when you are in a traumatic situation with a patient that brings back flashbacks from a different traumatic situation with a different patient?