Fall 2022

Document Type

Scholarly Project


College of Nursing

First Advisor

Kate Jones


Problem Statement: Nurse burnout has been reported in hospitals across the nation and is prevalent around the globe. In 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared nurse burnout a condition calling for recognition and treatment. Nurses working in an inpatient setting may experience higher levels of burnout than in other settings. Hospitals with nurse burnout jeopardize the number of functioning employees, patient safety, and quality of care. Introducing preventative factors such as mindfulness could shield nurses, improve patient care, and cut hospital costs. Purpose: This evidence-based project aimed to determine the effect of using meditation via the Headspace app with inpatient registered nurses (RN) on burnout and turnover rates. Methods: A cohort pretest and post-test design was used to evaluate the effects of mindfulness meditation among critical care RNs over eight weeks. Analysis: The Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) measured nurse burnout before and after the intervention. The analysis included a two-tailed paired samples t-test for burnout measures and a Spearman correlation between MBI and demographic variables. Results: Although there were no statistically significant shifts in MBI scores, most RNs had a decrease in Emotional Exhaustion (EE), a decrease in Depersonalization (DP), and an increase in Personal Accomplishment (PA) over eight weeks. Implications for Practice: Implementing a mindfulness meditation app can potentially decrease registered nurse burnout, reduce turnover, and save the hospital money.


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