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Compassion Fatigue, Burnout and Compassion Satisfaction: Prevalence among Nursing Students

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 22, issue 3, 2012 , pages: 451–455
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2012.10820554
Author(s): Henry D. MasonTshwane University of Technology,, Juan A. NelUniversity of South Africa,


This article reports on the professional quality of life of a sample of participants who were enrolled for an academic programme in Nursing Science (N = 80, females = 73). Data were collected utilising the Professional Quality of Life (ProQOL R-IV) Scale. Findings point to high potentiality for compassion satisfaction, high risk for the development of compassion fatigue and moderate to high risk for burnout among the respondents. Understanding professional quality of life offers direction regarding the development of psychosocial support services for student nurses.

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