Hospitals across the United States are suffering from poor staffing (American Nurses Foundation, 2021). A common thread throughout those facilities is that nurses are leaving their jobs due to self-reported burnout, contributing to the staffing shortage and low morale (Shah et al., 2021).

Mindfulness training plays a part in decreasing emotional exhaustion for staff nurses. A reduction of emotional exhaustion has been discovered after the implementation of mindfulness-based intervention programs, with continued improvement after completion of the program (Sarazine et al., 2021; Bianchini & Copeland, 2021). The benefit of this implementation would be a reduction of nurse burnout which ultimately affects nurse turnover. The cost of RN turnover ranges from $40,200 to $64,500 per RN (Gamble, 2022).

A change project was implemented with a cohort of 10 acute care travel nurses working in a variety of locations, who are experiencing symptoms of burnout and job dissatisfaction. The participants performed a self-guided mindfulness meditation or breathing exercise intervention prior to the beginning of each shift, for 10 weeks.

The nurses completed the Copenhagen Burnout Inventory prior to implementation and post-implementation. Pre-implementation survey results revealed a moderate incidence of burnout. The pre- and post-implementation survey results were compared and a reduction in burnout was noted by a decrease in the overall mean scores of the survey results. These findings indicate that this project implementation was successful and a reduction in the incidence of burnout was revealed.

Because there is a potential to decrease perceived stress levels, healthcare organizations must prioritize nurses’ access to mindfulness-based interventions (Bianchini & Copeland, 2021).

Date of publication

Summer 8-5-2023

Document Type

MSN Capstone Project



Persistent identifier



Masters in Nursing

Denson L EBP Presentation.pdf (620 kB)
Mindfulness Meditation to Reduce Nurse Burnout

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