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Participants in Self-Compassion for Healthcare Communities Research
Participants in Qualitative Study on Self-Compassion for Healthcare Communities Research
Participants in Resiliency Training Research
Participants in Techno-Stress Study
Effectiveness of a one day self-compassion training for pediatric nurses’ resilience
Journal Of
Pediatric Nursing
Resilience is a critical skill for nurses and other healthcare professionals, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, yet few nurses receive training that promotes emotional awareness and regulation, resilience, and self-compassion. The purpose of this study was to understand if attending a one-day workshop format of the Self-Compassion for Healthcare Communities (SCHC) program would improve pediatric nurses’ resilience, well-being, and professional quality of life. Following a quasi-experimental design, pre, post, and follow-up surveys were acquired from 22 nurses who attended the training and 26 nurses who did not attend the training. Participants in the intervention exhibited significant increases in self-compassion, mindfulness, compassion to others, resilience and compassion satisfaction, and significant decreases in burnout, anxiety, and stress compared to the non-intervention group. Nurses’ schedules may hamper their ability to attend lengthy resilience trainings, yet the skills needed for resilience are crucial to decreasing burnout, empathy fatigue, and turnover. Offering an effective, one-day training provides an accessible alternative for nurses to gain knowledge and skills that increase resilience.
caring for others without losing yourself: an adaptation of the mindful self-compassion program for healthcare communities
Journal Of
Clinical Psychology

Two studies examined the efficacy of the Self‐Compassion for Healthcare Communities (SCHC) program for enhancing wellbeing and reducing burnout among healthcare professionals.

Study 1 found that SCHC significantly increased self‐compassion and wellbeing. All gains were maintained for three months.

Study 2 found that in addition to enhancing wellbeing, SCHC significantly reduced secondary traumatic stress and burnout. Changes in self‐compassion explained gains in other outcomes, and initial levels of self‐compassion moderated outcomes so that those initially low in self‐compassion benefitted more.

Findings suggest that the SCHC program may be an effective way to increase self‐compassion, enhance wellbeing, and reduce burnout for healthcare professionals.

Exploration of Techno-Stress Among Hospital Employees

In partnership with the Center for Health Communication at the University of Texas at Austin, this study identified how the stress caused by technology could impede work in healthcare. The findings of this research led to changes in the way people interact with their ICTs (information communication technologies), so that they could be happier and healthier employees.

Ongoing Research
TitlePrincipal Investigator and researchersStatus
Online resiliency rounds: Tailored support for healthcare professionals during COVID-19Christie, L., Long, P., Gregory, K.Data collection in progress
Self-compassion as a social process: What healthcare professionals learned from a 6-week interventionLong, P., & Knox, M.C.Manuscript in progress
Resiliency Training for Pediatric Residents Long, P., Gregory, K., Charnsangavej, N., & Pillutla, K.Data collection in progress
Resiliency rounds for the CF TeamLong, P., Pai, S., Cardenas, B., Gregory, K.Abstract submitted
Caring for caregivers: Self-compassion for parents of chronically ill children.Long, P., and Knox, M.Manuscript in progress

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