Graduation Year


Degree Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



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Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

Department Name when Degree Awarded

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Dr. Angela Wood

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

Second Advisor

Dr. Aileen Jones

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing


COVID-19 accelerated the rate in which nurses were unable to maintain resilience and reduce burnout. This evidence-based DNP project obtained data from a therapeutic/expressive writing intervention and group resilience discussion with Women’s Care Center (WCC) nurses to improve resilience acuity and reduce symptoms associated with burnout syndrome. A review of previous studies indicated therapeutic/expressive writing and group resilience discussions have been beneficial in improving resilience and reducing burnout. A demographic and two preintervention surveys were completed by WCC nurses in the hospital relaxation room or skills lab. The Connor-Davidson RISC-25© was used to determine resilience scores for morning and evening shift nurses. The Maslach Burnout Inventory© (MBI) Survey for Medical Personnel was used to assess emotional exhaustion (EE), depersonalization (DP), and personal achievement (PA) in the same groups. Participants (n =20) nurses completed the pre-intervention resilience and burnout surveys. Day and night shift nurses (n= 19) resilience mean average increased after the intervention 2.65 mean score (M = 83.31, SD =9.86) for the Connor-Davidson RISC-25© survey which is in the intermediate range: 50% of the population. The burnout mean for the morning shift nurses, EE (M = 21.88), DP (M = 4.88), and PA (M = 39.27) which indicated moderate burnout for all categories. The burnout means for evening shift nurses, EE (M = 17.33), DP (M = 7.22), and PA (M = 40.00), which fell within the moderate burnout range.

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