First Advisor

Dr. Lora Claywell


Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access


Nursing faculty are at risk of stress and burnout that could lead to negative personal and system-level repercussions. A recognition and appreciation program was implemented at one public, four-year university to determine if it would decrease stress and burnout experienced by nursing faculty. The program utilized no- and low- cost strategies, including virtual events and sharing of faculty activities and achievements. Stress and burnout were measured before and after implementation of the program using the Perceived Stress Scale-10 (PSS-10) and the Maslach Burnout Inventory-Educator Survey (MBI), respectively. Improvements in mean scores on 31 of 36 measures of stress and burnout occurred between the pre- and post- program surveys. Due to challenges with pairing pre- and post- program surveys, a paired samples t-test was run with both five pairs and sixteen pairs. The test with five pairs found a statistically significant decrease in one PSS-10 question about feeling that difficulties were mounting and could not be overcome. The paired samples t-test with 16 pairs found statistically significant changes in one PSS-10 question about inability to control important things, two MBI questions, and the Emotional Exhaustion subscale of the MBI. This project supports that no- and low-cost strategies can be effective in addressing nursing faculty stress and burnout. While continuation of the program is recommended, further research is needed to demonstrate if the program caused the decrease in nursing faculty stress and burnout and to determine if additional interventions can be combined with the program for further impact.

Date of Award

Spring 2021

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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Nursing Commons