Date of Graduation
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Executive Leader DNP
Problem: Burnout in healthcare has been reported as high as 35% for hospital nurses in acute care and occurs at higher rates in high-intensity settings. Burnout can lead to depressive symptoms, which can lead to suicidal ideation in affected healthcare providers and warrants further attention.
Context: Studies indicate that identification and interventions can help improve burnout; therefore, nurses in the emergency department (ED), intensive care unit (ICU), labor and delivery (L&D), and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) completed education, surveys, and tools to identify and treat the problem.
Interventions: Nurse education on burnout, depression, and suicide was completed, and burnout surveys pre- and post-education were collected. Participants were introduced to an interactive screening program for depression and suicidal ideation.
Measures: To evaluate the success of this project, scores on the MBI-HSS pre- and post-educational intervention were evaluated, as well as turnover rates and stress recognition scores on the safety attitude questionnaire (SAQ).
Results: There was a decrease in the overall rate of burnout in the ED, ICU, and L&D. The rates of stress recognition on the annual SAQ increased in both the L&D and ICU. Nurse turnover rates improved in the ED, L&D, and NICU, and stayed the same in the ICU.
Conclusions: The educational intervention had positive effects on burnout rates, as well as on improving stress recognition in 50% of the departments studied. Also, improvement in turnover rates for 75% of the departments points to an overall positive effect of this project.
Ritchie, April, "Burnout, Depression and Suicide Prevention for Nurses in High-Intensity Settings" (2019). Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Projects. 176.