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Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing




Dr. Angela Wood DNP, APRN, FNP-C, PPCNP-BC

Mentor Department

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing



COVID-19 accelerated the rate in which nurses are leaving the profession because of the severe nursing shortage, extended working hours, and exceptionally ill patients. This evidence-based DNP project used therapeutic/expressive writing and group resilience discussion with Women’s Care Center (WCC) nurses at Baptist Health Richmond, to improve resilience acuity and reduce symptoms associated with burnout syndrome. A demographic and two pre-intervention surveys were completed by WCC nurses in the hospital relaxation room or skills lab. The Connor-Davidson RISC© Scale 25 was used to determine resilience scores for day and night shift nurses. The Maslach Burnout Inventory© Survey for Medical Personnel was also used to assess emotional exhaustion (EE), depersonalization (DP), and personal achievement (PA). Participants (N =18) pre-intervention resilience mean for the morning nurses and evening nurses respectively, (N= 11) mean (M = 82.3) and (N= 7) mean (M = 74.8). Both day and night shift nurses’ scores ranged from 74 to 90; indicating the intermediate range, which is consistent with 50% of the population. Burnout mean for the day shift nurses, EE (M = 28.4), DP (M = 6.0), and PA (M = 39.82). Burnout mean for night shift nurses, EE (M = 32.14), DP (M = 13.43), and PA (M = 37.0). Resilience mean was decreased in night nurses compared to day nurses. Burnout means for night nurses were higher for emotional exhaustion and depersonalization, and lower for personal achievement, showing overall higher levels of burnout.

Keywords: resilience, burnout syndrome, nurses, therapeutic writing, group discussions