J Nurs Adm 2021 Oct;51(10):526-531
Author Affiliations: CEO (Ms Butterworth), AIM Youth Mental Health, Carmel, California and Founder, Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services, Watsonville, California; and Director of Nursing Research (Dr Nasr), Stanford Children's Health, Stanford School of Medicine; and Nurse Scientist and Postdoctoral Fellow in Palliative Care (Dr Pyke-Grimm), Stanford Children's Health; and PICU Nurse (Ms Swisher), Stanford Children's Health, Palo Alto, California; and SVP Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Executive (Dr Johnson), Queens Health System, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Objective: This study explored the experience of pediatric ICU (PICU) nurses who volunteered at a camp for families of children and adolescents with cancer.
Background: PICU nurses are at risk of developing symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, compassion fatigue, depression, and burnout due to exposure(s) to traumatic events. Spending time with patients, families, and nurse colleagues at camp may reduce the effects of this exposure. Read More