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8th Edition of Nursing World Conference

October 17-19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA

October 17 -19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA
NWC 2023

Brittany Nicole Hudgins Graham

Speaker at Nursing Conference - Brittany Nicole Hudgins Graham
Western Carolina University, United States
Title : Graduating Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Students: Satisfied, fatigued, or stressed?


Nursing care is not a duty that should be taken lightly-it is of utmost importance that nursing care is delivered to clients safely with empathy and competence. Professional nurses, such as a Registered Nurse (RN), are on the frontlines of providing care. “The backbone of a true caring professional is compassion, where care providers have a feeling of empathy for the suffering or misfortune of others and understand the client’s personal feelings or experiences without being judgmental” (Mathias & Wentzel, 2017, e. 1). However, nurses may experience compassion satisfaction, compassion fatigue, or secondary traumatic stress.  Upon graduation, pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students seek to become an RN. Michalec, Diefenbeck, and Mahoney (2013) suggest “Because burnout and compassion fatigue are such a detriment to nurse well-being and the nursing workforce overall, it is essential to uncover if and to what extent nurses-in-training may be suffering from these debilitating affective/cognitive states.” 

Audience Take Away Notes: 

  • Does compassion satisfaction, compassion fatigue, or secondary traumatic stress exist amongst final semester pre-licensure BSN students?
  • What interventions do students recommend the faculty should offer to assist students with managing compassion fatigue or stress?
  • Results from this study will provide nurse educators with assessment data related to graduating students as well as possible interventions to implement to assist with managing compassion fatigue or stress


Dr. Hudgins-Graham began her nursing studies at Isothermal Community College (Spindale, NC) and graduated with an associate degree in 2010. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Appalachian State University (Boone, NC) in 2012. For graduate studies, she attended Gardner-Webb University (Boiling Springs, NC) and received her Master of Science in Nursing (2015) and Doctor of Education (2018) degrees. She has been involved in nursing education since 2014. Her primary background prior to entering nursing education was in emergency nursing. Currently, she serves as an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Western Carolina University.