Burnout rates are constantly on the rise, but more so since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. What is burnout? Burnout is a form of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion from excessive and prolonged stress. It can be manifested as depersonalization, decreased personal accomplishment, reduced professional well-being, declining compassion satisfaction, increased compassion fatigue, stress, anxiety, poor sleep quality, decreased quality of life, work-related strain, and decreased psychological well-being. Implementing a mindfulness-based education program to aid in the reduction of burnout rates is of utmost importance because 48.9% of healthcare workers have approached burnout levels today (Hajebi et al., 2022). By continuing to remain idle and not implementing an evidence-based change, many consequences will continue to affect patient health outcomes, healthcare workers, organizations, and the community. There is a relationship between nurse burnout and patient/organizational outcomes. Patient safety and quality of care are poor, personal accomplishment and job performance have drastically decreased while medication administration workaround and absenteeism have increased, and the patient’s experience has been negatively affected (Jun et al., 2021). When patients have a negative experience, word of mouth travels fast. This can affect how a community perceives an organization.

Organizations are more likely to continue to face burnout if evidence-based changes are not made within the organization, and more staff will leave, which will reduce the ability of the facility to provide care during a heightened time of need (Fernandez et al., 2020). According to the 2022 Nursing Solutions, Inc. National Health Care Retention & RN Staffing Report, it takes around three months to replace an experienced RN and costs an average of $46,100 (Robertson, 2023). There is an inadequate amount of education being provided on the positive outcomes of implementing mindfulness-based education programs to reduce burnout rates. The aim of this project is to answer the following PICOT question: In healthcare workers (P), how do mindfulness-based education programs (I) compared to no formal programs in place (C) affect burnout rates (O) during a 3-month period of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion (T)?

Date of publication

Spring 2023

Document Type

MSN Capstone Project (Local Access)



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