DNP Scholarly Projects


Accommodating current hospice care needs and anticipated industry expansion requires protection and optimization of human resources serving as frontline care providers. Coping responses employed by individuals serve as important determinants of their overall personal and occupational well-being. There is limited research focusing on the coping responses of hospice professionals, specifically, how they perceive and manage their own work stress and work-related quality of life. The purpose of this study was to examine how coping responses are related to work-related quality of life among individual professionals working together on outpatient interdisciplinary hospice care teams. A cross-sectional survey-based design was utilized to explore the association between coping responses and work-related quality of life in a sample of 35 outpatient hospice care professionals at a non-profit hospice organization in the southeastern United States. There was a statistically significant, moderate positive association between use of emotional support and work-related quality of life (rs =.480, p =.004). There was also a statistically significant, weak negative association between behavioral disengagement and work-related quality of life (rs = -.380, p =.024). Investing in resources designed to enhance and leverage protective coping responses and team emotional support are necessary to promote professional sustainability by optimizing work-related quality of life.



First Advisor

Dr. Elizabeth Morse

Scholarly Project Team Member

Dr. David Philippi

Scholarly Project Team Member

Dr. Erin Shankel


Nursing, School of


Health Sciences & Nursing, Gordon E. Inman College of

Document Type

Scholarly Project


Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Degree Level


Degree Grantor

Belmont University


hospice professionals, end-of-life care, coping, work-related quality of life

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