The Impact of a Knitting Intervention on Compassion Fatigue in Oncology Nurses

Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2016 Feb;20(1):102-4. doi: 10.1188/16.CJON.102-104.


Compassion fatigue is the emotional exhaustion and stress that nurses can feel when caring for terminally ill patients. This can contribute to high nursing turnover rates, result in poor job satisfaction, and lead to decreased ability to provide quality care. Oncology nurses are vulnerable to compassion fatigue because they develop relationships with patients battling life-threatening illnesses, provide end-of-life care, and encounter ethical dilemmas related to cancer treatment. .

Keywords: burnout; compassion fatigue; coping; grief; knitting.

MeSH terms

  • Compassion Fatigue / therapy*
  • Hobbies*
  • Humans
  • Nursing Staff / psychology*
  • Oncology Nursing