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
MSN Capstone Project
Masters in Nursing
Denson Jr, Lester, "Mindfulness Meditation to Reduce Nurse Burnout: An EBP Implementation Project" (2023). MSN Capstone Projects. Paper 265.