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Exploring Compassion Fatigue in Nurses

Within the nursing profession, seeking help for one's own mental health challenges is still not valued widely. USD School of Nursing wants to change that narrative. Caring for yourself is a sign of strength, not weakness, and this guide will help you do just that. Reinvigorate your passion for caring today.

A guide to help nurses understand the symptoms of burnout and reignite enthusiasm for caregiving

When asked, nearly all nurses cite a desire to help others as one of their reasons behind entering this field. But what happens when nurses are overworked, understaffed, and repeatedly exposed to trauma? It's called compassion fatigue, and it's one of the reasons why nurses have been leaving the bedside — and health care entirely.

This resource is for all nurses, whether you're interested in finding alternatives to bedside care, self-care treatment plans, or ways to be proactive about preventing burnout in yourself or your nursing staff.

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Learn About the 5 Nurse Executive Competencies

The American Organization for Nursing Leadership has distilled the competencies of a nurse executive into five categories. Read about these competencies and how they shape the curriculum for USD's Executive Nurse Leader program.

Career Opportunities for Executive Nurse Leaders

Completing a Master of Science in Nursing program with a focus on Executive Nurse Leadership can help you qualify for some of the highest paying jobs in the industry. Read about leadership roles and careers you could pursue.

Meet Becky Coulter, Executive Nurse Leader Student

Why make the switch from clinical practice to leadership? What makes the Executive Nurse Leader program at USD attractive to aspiring nurse leaders? Download the guide to read Becky's perspective.