Date of Project Completion


Document Type

Project Paper

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice



First Advisor

Diane Forsyth




Problem: Increased stress and decreased resiliency are concerning concepts that continue to be common themes within nursing practice. Stress, compassion fatigue, and burnout among nurses pose a great risk to the health care system, the patients it serves, as well as the nurses. Persistent levels of high stress additionally impact work activities and job performance, leading nurses to experience burnout, compassion fatigue, lower job satisfaction, high workplace turnover, and poor quality of care for patients. Nurses who demonstrate resiliency can adapt to unexpected events with a positive attitude, self-esteem, and tolerance.

Purpose: To decrease stress levels and improve resiliency among members of the Department of Nursing, whose unit moved within the hospital, by utilizing education on stress management and resilience techniques.

Interventions: A proposed four-hour mindfulness-based education course provided to staff members, aimed at decreasing stress and improving resiliency.

Results: Pre- and post-intervention outcomes will be evaluated by the Perceived Stress Scale and the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale. Outcomes will be evaluated for statistical significance using a paired t-test to determine differences in total score for each instrument.

Conclusion: This project aims to decrease stress and improve resilience among nursing staff. Improving the resilience of nurses is advantageous to their ability to cope with difficulties, adapt to new situations, and have more accurate and positive expectations for the future. Providing nurses with the ability to perform more efficiently under stressful circumstances is a realistic way to decrease healthcare worker stress levels.