Pool, Natalie M.

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Aldridge, Michael D.

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Roberts, Melanie G.

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Cieminski, Amie B.


College of Natural Health and Sciences; School of Nursing, Nursing Practice


University of Northern Colorado

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Greeley, (Colo.)


University of Northern Colorado

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133 pages

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Burnout among nurses is at monumental levels, contributing to high levels of job dissatisfaction and turnover. Some interventions existed in the literature to support burnout reduction programming among nurses; however, the literature failed to identify effective burnout reduction interventions based upon the specific needs of critical care nurses who face unique stressors related to high patient acuity and other environmental considerations. This project aimed to explore critical care nurses' needs and strategies designed to mitigate burnout in the clinical setting. Outcomes from this assessment would inform future interventions for the early identification and prevention of burnout among critical care nurses. The setting for this project was two intensive care units in a large, suburban hospital in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States. The subjects were nurses with at least one year of experience in the critical care setting. This project used a single-center, descriptive design. This project was guided by the advancing research and clinical practice through close collaboration model—an evidence-based, system-wide model used to advance evidence-based practice implementation and sustainability. An evidence-based needs assessment was created and implemented to measure the current level of burnout and the unmet needs of critical care nurses at the project site. The results were analyzed using descriptive statistical procedures. Based on the findings, an organization-specific burnout mitigation plan will be presented to the project site stakeholders.

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