Doctor of Nursing Practice Program

Heather Meissen, DNP, ACNP, FCCM, FAANP

Heather Meissen
  • Committee Chair Name & Credentials:
    Bonnie Pilon, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
  • Committee Member Name & Credentials:
    Pam Jones, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN


DNP Project Abstract

Combating Burnout by Teaching Resilience Strategies to New Graduate Nurse Practitioners

To incorporate an evidenced based resiliency training program into an existing practice transition program for new hire advanced practice providers. Resiliency education will reduce burnout in healthcare providers.

Two groups of newly hired advanced practice providers completed the Maslach Burnout Inventory for Human Services Survey for Medical Personnel (MBI-HSS MP) pre-survey, identifying baseline burnout profiles. One group attended a six part resiliency education course, targeting development of resiliency strategies. Post surveys of both groups were analyzed to determine impact of education on burnout profiles.

Analysis of the intervention group demonstrated a decrease in emotional exhaustion and depersonalization. Analysis of the control group demonstrated an increase in emotional exhaustion with a decrease in feelings of personal accomplishments. Two members of the intervention group improved their burnout profiles, while two members of the control group had worsening burnout profiles. While this study shows some improvement in the intervention group as compared to the control group, the findings were not statistically significant due to small sample size. A majority 87.5% (7) of participants had a desire to incorporate this content into future didactic learning days.

Implications for Practice
Developing resiliency strategies is an important factor in combating burnout among healthcare professionals. This project described techniques on integration of  resiliency training modules into a structured onboarding process. Results from this study highlight the need for further research. Burnout syndrome is a prevalent phenomenon which impacts the healthcare workforce and ultimately healthcare delivery.