This paper aims to address the spirit of inquiry of the effect a safe work environment has on compassion fatigue in nurses in the emergency department (ED). The World Health Organization promotes an eager approach to the battle of compassion fatigue in frontline healthcare workers, stating, "Unless this is addressed, it will further add to the global nursing workforce shortage." (Stafford et al., 2022, p. 1853). Unfortunately, 69% of nurses under the age of 25 report burnout from working conditions (American Nurses Association, 2022). Improving nurses' job satisfaction and motivation levels is necessary to increase the effectiveness of nursing services (Goktas et al., 2022). Hospital organizations must strive for a supportive social climate to achieve the most effective outcome to reduce the pressure on nurses and negative personal emotions (Hu et al., 2022).

To investigate the effect of intervention strategies on compassion fatigue, the prognosis research question was formed: For nurses in the ED, how does a positive work environment, compared to a hostile work environment, decrease compassion fatigue? This research question guided this literature review to discover successful techniques to promote a work culture of success. After the literature synthesis, a plan was created to implement the Caring Mentorship Model, a formal mentoring program for all nurse leaders to create an environment where nurses can excel, promoting quality and efficiency of care.

Date of publication

Spring 2024

Document Type

MSN Capstone Project



Persistent identifier



Masters in Nursing Administration

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Nursing Commons