Nursing Burnout and Its Professional and Personal Impact: An Improvement Project among Acute Care Nurses in a Pennsylvania Hospital
Background: Nursing burnout has both personal and professional consequences that impact not only the nurse as an individual but those they care for. Consequences of burnout range from decreased provider concentration to adverse patient events, leading to nursing burnout as a public health issue. Resilience building has been identified as a method to combat nursing burnout.
Methods: A Plan-Do-Study-Act method of quality improvement was utilized for implementing a mindfulness-based resilience-building activity using a cell phone application. Pre-and post-test measures of burnout and resilience levels were evaluated using statistical analysis to assess effectiveness of the intervention. Burnout levels were measured using the Copenhagen Burnout Inventory and resilience levels were measured using the Connor Davidson Resilience Scale.
Intervention: Using the Insight Timer application participants practiced 15 minutes of daily mindfulness-based resilience-building activities and completed pre-and post-tests measuring burnout and resilience levels. Statistical analysis was utilized to assess if there was an inverse relationship between burnout levels and resilience levels among participants.
Results: Upon completion of the 4-week project, paired t-test results measuring individual mean pre-test and post-test scores for burnout and resilience levels revealed P-values (P) of P <0.001 for burnout personal; P <0.008 for burnout work; P <0.23 for burnout client, and P <0.14 for resilience among participants.
Conclusion: Findings suggest that the use of a mindfulness-based resilience-building activity can improve the well-being of nurses working in acute care settings by increasing resilience to decrease burnout, although statistical significance was only seen in 2 subgroups of burnout and not for resilience. Further studies on a larger scale should be carried out focusing on interventions to address systemic issues which may yield more statistically significant results.
This quality improvement project fulfills the requirements for the DNP degree at the Pennsylvania State University
|Work Title||Nursing Burnout and Its Professional and Personal Impact: An Improvement Project among Acute Care Nurses in a Pennsylvania Hospital|
|License||No Copyright - U.S.|
|Publication Date||April 20, 2022|
|Deposited||April 20, 2022|
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