Date of Graduation

Fall 12-13-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


School of Nursing and Health Professions




Executive Leader DNP

First Advisor

Elena Capella

Second Advisor

Robin Buccheri


Nurses working in high-intensity settings experience burnout at higher rates than in other nursing areas. Burnout in healthcare is a problem estimated as high as 70% by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Burnout can lead to depressive symptoms, which can lead to suicidal ideation in affected healthcare providers, which makes early identification and treatment of utmost importance to the mental and physical wellbeing of these nurses.

The purpose of this project is to examine burnout in nursing staff working in high-intensity areas of the hospital in order to help identify burnout and/or depressive symptoms before they lead to suicidal ideation, as well as creating a mechanism for treatment when these issues are identified. Healer Education, Assessment and Referral program implementation will be the process improvement project implemented to identify nursing staff burnout, depressive symptoms, and suicide risk. Nurses are the healers included in the education on burnout and depressive symptom identification. The nurses will be introduced to an interactive screening program, offered online and anonymously, to voluntarily participants to determine if treatment is necessary to improve depression and remove suicidal ideation.

The main outcome of interest will be improvement in burnout scores on the Maslach Burnout Inventory pre- and post-educational intervention, as well as participation in the online interactive screening survey. The rates of stress recognition on the annual safety attitude questionnaire and nurse turnover rates will also be reviewed for improvements. Other variables to be analyzed in relation to burnout will include age, gender, educational level, work unit, and number of years as a nurse. The overall goal is to see improvements in burnout scores, stress recognition scores and turnover rates of nursing staff.