Date of Project Completion

Winter 12-15-2021

Document Type

Project Paper

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice



First Advisor

Diane Forsyth

Second Advisor

Habiba Haji


Rochester, Minnesota


Purpose: Persistent levels of high stress among nurses impact work activities and job performance, leading to burnout, compassion fatigue, lower job satisfaction, high workplace turnover, and diminished quality of patient care (Lin et al., 2018). Nurses who demonstrate resilience are better able to adapt to unexpected events with a positive attitude, self-esteem, and tolerance (Huang et al., 2020). The purpose of this project was to decrease stress levels and improve resilience among nursing staff, utilizing education on holistic stress management and resilience techniques.

Methods: A four-hour mindfulness-based education course was provided to staff members (N=76). Components included an initial two-hour video-based program regarding managing stress and increasing resilience, followed by an additional two-hour virtual group-based class which entailed additional education, application, and group discussions.

Evaluation: A pre- post-education evaluation was employed using the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS) and the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale (CD-RISC). Results indicated a pooled mean decrease in PSS by 3.6 points and increase in CD-RISC by 0.9 points. Conclusion: Decreased stress and increased resilience was noted for participants following the holistic intervention. Education and application with similar content may be advantageous to nursing staff’s ability to cope with difficulties, adapt to new situations, and manage stress.

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