Date of Graduation

Fall 1-13-2019

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


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.

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Nursing Commons