Job satisfaction, or lack thereof, can directly lead to burnout. Nursing is known globally as a high-stress career, thus leading to an increased level of burnout. Job burnout is among the most important occupational disorders and phenomena which have received great attention in the recent century (Nabizadeh et al., 2020). Multiple studies have proven that subtle, low-cost interventions can decrease the burnout experienced by nurses, leading to reduced turnover rates and an increase in the quality of patient care. Higher quality of care leads to improvement in patient satisfaction scores and also to increased reimbursement rates (Jun et al., 2021).

A plan to improve job satisfaction by providing nurses with an uninterrupted 30-minute lunch break was implemented at a small rural family care clinic to determine the effects of such an intervention on the level of burnout nurses experienced over a 2-month period. Using a sample of three nurses employed at the clinic, participants were given a 15-item questionnaire pre-and post-intervention. Of the three participants, all had lower burnout scores, substantiating the evidence that job satisfaction can be improved by an uninterrupted 30-minute lunch break, thus decreasing the burnout nurses experience.

Date of publication

Spring 4-11-2023

Document Type

MSN Capstone Project



Persistent identifier