Graduation Year


Degree Type

Open Access Capstone

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Angela Wood

Department Affiliation


Second Advisor

Aileen M. Jones

Department Affiliation



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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