Date of Award

2-2023

Document Type

DNP Project

College

School of Nursing

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Department

Nursing

First Advisor

Carol Rossman

Abstract

Background

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.

Purpose

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

Methods

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.

Results

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

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Nursing Commons

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