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The THRIVE© Program: Building Oncology Nurse Resilience Through Self-Care Strategies

Lisa M. Blackburn
Kathrynn Thompson
Ruth Frankenfield
Anne Harding
Amy Lindsey
ONF 2020, 47(1), E25-E34 DOI: 10.1188/20.ONF.E25-E34

Objectives: To develop an evidence-based program for addressing the concerns of burnout and secondary trauma and building on the concept of resilience in oncology healthcare providers.

Sample & Setting: 164 oncology staff, of which 160 were nurses, at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute in Columbus, Ohio.

Methods & Variables: Oncology nurses and other providers participated in the THRIVE© program, which consists of an eight-hour retreat designed to teach self-care strategies, a six-week private group study interaction on a social media platform, and a two-hour wrap-up session. The Compassion Fatigue Short Scale and the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale were used to evaluate the program.

Results: In self-assessments prior to THRIVE, nurse managers demonstrated the greatest degree of burnout, and bedside/chairside nurses demonstrated the greatest degree of secondary trauma. The greatest improvement in average scores from pre- to postprogram assessment was in increased resilience and decreased burnout. Increased resilience scores were sustained for a six-month period after THRIVE participation.

Implications for Nursing: Oncology healthcare providers must identify self-care strategies that build their resilience for long, successful careers.

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