Developing a Course to Promote Self-Care for Nurses to Address Burnout

Greg Couser, Sherry Chesak, Susanne Cutshall

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Nursing burnout is a common and costly organizational problem that affects both nurses and patient care. Health behaviors, such as healthy nutrition, and adequate sleep and exercise, have been cited as burnout reduction strategies. At Mayo Clinic, the authors developed an educational program for nurses and other healthcare team members to address burnout and consider strategies to navigate work and life stressors. Audience participation software measured the percentage of audience members meeting criteria for burnout, as well as confidence in their ability to manage three basic health-influencing behaviors that included eating, sleeping, and moving well. Findings revealed a high prevalence of nursing burnout and low confidence in achieving healthy nutrition, sleep, and exercise. In this article the authors review selected background information about self– care, describe the course design and implementation of an educational program, and discuss findings from a brief survey included in the program. Their discussion considers their findings in relation to select literature and identifies needs for further inquiry and project limitations. They conclude by encouraging the profession of nursing and nurses to continue efforts to support self-care through healthy behaviors throughout their careers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalOnline Journal of Issues in Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2020

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  • burnout
  • control
  • demand
  • exercise
  • Nurses
  • nutrition
  • self-care
  • sleep
  • stress
  • support
  • work

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