DNP Scholarly Projects


Rates of burnout among healthcare professionals are well documented. The burnout of professional nurses is associated with a number of poor outcomes with costly consequences to both the healthcare system and public health. The American Nurses Association (ANA) has pushed for an initiative entitled Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation that encourages nurses to prioritize their health first and lists compelling statistics of nurse stress, mental health concerns, and workplace injuries. Burnout, a combination of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and decreased productivity, is one consequence of workplace stress and the demands placed on nurses; however, there is a lack of research on individualized wellness interventions, such as self-care, to prevent nurse burnout. This cross-sectional survey based study explores how nurses’ individual self-care habits correlate with burnout in the hospital setting. Data from 136 nurses was collected from those employed in a hospital located in the southeastern United States. Nurses who reported a higher frequency of mindful awareness experienced significantly lower emotional exhaustion and increased sense of personal accomplishment. Mindfulness may be a cost-effective, simple tool for nurses to combat and prevent the effects of burnout.



First Advisor

Dr. Elizabeth Morse

Scholarly Project Team Member

Dr. Sara Camp

Scholarly Project Team Member

Dr. David Phillippi


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


nursing, burnout, self-care, mindfulness