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Psychosocial Well-Being: An Exploratory Cross-Sectional Evaluation of Loneliness, Anxiety, Depression, Self-Compassion, and Professional Quality of Life in Oncology Nurses

Carolyn S. Phillips
Heather Becker
Emily Gonzalez
CJON 2021, 1-8 DOI:

Background: In addition to heavy workloads, oncology nurses are confronted with emotionally demanding caregiving moments with little training or institutional support for coping and emotional well-being.

Objectives: The aim of this study was to explore the associations and potential predictors among self-compassion, loneliness, anxiety, depression, and professional quality of life in oncology nurses.

Methods: Participants were recruited through­out central Texas. Descriptive statistics, bivariate correlations, and multivariate regression analyses were conducted on survey data.

Findings: Burnout and compassion satis­faction were strongly related to loneliness, self-compassion, and depression. Compassion fatigue was most highly related to anxiety and depression. Loneliness made the strongest unique contribution to burnout and compassion satis­faction, and depression was the only statistically significant predictor of compassion fatigue.