Original Research

Assessing compassion satisfaction, compassion fatigue, stress and job satisfaction among nurses

Emad Shdaifat
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 49 | a2082 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v49i0.2082 | © 2023 Emad Shdaifat | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 January 2023 | Published: 08 August 2023

About the author(s)

Emad Shdaifat, Community Nursing Department, College of Nursing, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (IAU), Dammam, Saudi Arabia


Orientation: Nurses experience occupational risks, including compassion fatigue and satisfaction with patient care, which could affect the quality of care provided.

Research purpose: This study examined the prevalence of compassion satisfaction (CS), burnout, secondary traumatic stress (STS), stress, and job satisfaction (JS) among nurses. Furthermore, this study aimed to determine the predictors of nurses’ professional quality of life (ProQOL).

Motivation for the study: This study aimed to inform policymakers about nurse well-being, improve working conditions, and provide valuable insights into quality of life.

Research approach/design and method: A cross-sectional study was conducted with 347 nurses from a teaching hospital in eastern Saudi Arabia. Data were collected using three scales: ProQOL, Nursing Stress Scale and the Job Satisfaction Scale.

Main findings: The mean scores for CS, burnout, STS, nursing stress and JS were 38.1, 12.1, 23.0, 38.4 and 91.8, respectively. Predictors of CS included experience (≥ 26 years), stress and JS. Female gender, stress and JS were predictors of burnout. Nursing stress and JS were predictors of STS.

Practical/managerial implications: The results of this study enhance policymakers understanding of ProQOL and contribute to improving nurses’ working conditions. Policymakers can provide the necessary support and ensure that nurses have the resources for optimal patient care.

Contribution/value-add: This study addresses the gap in international comparative research on worker quality of life in developing countries and the Gulf Cooperation Council region, offering valuable insights into its dynamics and influences. This enhances our understanding of the critical aspects of workers’ well-being.


ProQOL; stress; satisfaction; nurses; burnout.

JEL Codes

I31: General Welfare, Well-Being

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 3: Good health and well-being


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