Date of Award


Document Type

DNP Project


School of Nursing

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Carol Rossman



Before the COVID-19 pandemic, nurse retention was a known issue; current nurse retention has worsened. This project examined the burnout of nurses and offered some potential interventions to assist in retaining nurses in the field of nursing.


To determine whether a six-week online mindfulness intervention improved the Oldenburg Burnout Inventory (OLBI) scores of nurse participants.


This project used a convenience snowball sample of participants recruited through social media platforms including Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, AllNurses, and word of mouth. This quantitative quasi-experimental design utilized pre- and post-testing to measure baseline burnout and evaluate the intervention’s efficacy. The Theory of Planned Behavior informed the conceptual framework and Dorothea Orem’s Self-Care Deficit Theory served as the theoretical framework.


The project recruited 65 nurses, with 44 nurses completing the project. Results from pre- and post-testing OLBI demonstrated the mindfulness intervention was successful at reducing OLBI scores by 2.52 points on average. Initial ACEs/PCEs scores were assessed to determine whether those with increased ACEs scores reported a reduction in OLBI scores, however, no correlation could be determined.

Subject Area

Nurses--Job stress; Burn out (Psychology); Nursing; Oldenburg Burnout Inventory; Adverse Childhood Experiences/Positive Childhood Experiences; Employee retention; Labor turnover


Included in

Nursing Commons