"Patient Safety Culture, Compassion Fatigue, Compassion Satisfaction: Impact on Nurse-sensitive Patient Outcomes”, Debbie Anglade, PhD, PI

Improved patient safety has been one of the most critical issues facing the healthcare industry. The 1999 IOM report To Err Is Human stated avoidable medical errors contributed to 44,000 to 98,000 deaths in the United States. Current estimates are now between 210,000 and 440,000 patients annually. This study aimed: To examine the relationships between: a) inpatient nursing units' patient safety culture (PSC), b) nurse compassion fatigue (CF), c) nurse compassion satisfaction (CS), and d) the impact on nurse-sensitive patient outcomes. Bronfenbrenner's bioecological model guided this quantitative descriptive correlational design, which used primary and secondary data. Primary data were collected through a convenience sampling of registered nurses (N = 127), employed at a teaching hospital in South Florida, who responded to a self-administered electronic survey. The hospital provided secondary administrative 2013 data on nurse-sensitive patient outcomes.