Date of Graduation

Spring 5-20-2022

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Nicole Beamish


Problem: Nursing burnout has been an existing phenomenon, which the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated. Burnout has contributed to escalated mental health concerns, increased staff turnover rates, and the nationwide nursing shortage.

Context: Studies indicate that depression, anxiety, and stress significantly correlate to burnout; studies also reveal that burnout consequently contributes to job dissatisfaction and organizational turnover. To reduce perceived burnout and increase nurse retention at the ambulatory COVID-19 clinics, nurses completed a pilot program that integrated two mental health tools.

Intervention: Nurses responded to a pre-survey to identify burnout factors and measure perceived burnout, using a modification of the Copenhagen Burnout Inventory (CBI) tool. Then, nurses participated in the pilot program incorporating daily "team temperature checks" during mid-shift huddles with an assigned Mental Health Champion for the duration of one workweek. After completion, nurses responded to a post-survey to reevaluate perceived burnout.

Measures: The project measured changes in perceived burnout measurement scores by evaluating pre and post-survey responses pertaining to the CBI. The project also assessed the nurses' endorsement of Mental Health Champions and "team temperature checks."

Results: The contributing reasons leading to nursing burnout were attributed to shift workload, unsafe staffing, high-stress environment, and emotional strain. Results from the post-survey indicate a decrease in perceived burnout measurement scores; results from the post-survey also suggest that most surveyed nurses favored the interventions.

Conclusions: Institutions are urged to consider these interventions to promote their staff's mental health and well-being, thus improving workplace culture and staff retention rates.

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Nursing Commons