Mindfulness and Nurse Burnout




School of Nursing


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Cynthia Goodrich


Stress, Burnout, Mindfulness, Nurses




It is a well-known phenomenon that nurses are prone to excessive work-related stress, leading to job burnout. Evidence of nurse burnout can be seen across the globe as nurses continue to leave the profession, further compounding the well-known nursing shortage. Over the last several years, numerous healthcare organizations have developed task forces to address nurse stress and burnout, and several solutions have been proposed and implemented. One method that has been proposed in the literature to reduce stress and burnout in nurses is the self-care practice of mindfulness. Mindfulness interventions have been implemented despite solid evidence for their use; therefore, it is essential to evaluate the evidence to date. The goal of this integrative review was to determine if mindfulness practices prevent burnout in nurses. A total of 32 articles that focused on mindfulness as an intervention to reduce stress and burnout in nurses were included in this review. After a thorough analysis, the findings suggest that mindfulness is a viable option to reduce stress and burnout in nurses. Since mindfulness involves multiple strategies, further studies are suggested to determine which mindfulness technique works best.

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