School of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Primary Subject Area
Health Sciences, General
bedside nurse, resilience, well-being, burnout, flash therapy, stress, COVID
Lakes, Rachel Faye, "Implementation of a Flash Therapy Technique Pilot Program to Evaluate Well-Being in Bedside Nurses Caring for Patients with COVID-19" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3735.
The nursing shortage is no longer a crisis but an epidemic and it is being exacerbated by burnout and compassion fatigue. This burnout and compassion fatigue are stemming from a loss of resilience and inability to cope. The COVID-19 pandemic has further intensified these issues. A safe, efficient, and effective intervention is needed to help improve well-being and resiliency among healthcare workers. The purpose of this project was to implement a flash therapy technique pilot program to evaluate resiliency and well-being of healthcare professionals caring for patients with COVID-19. A pilot program consisting of two flash therapy sessions was implemented on a COVID-19 unit targeting Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses. The results of a well-being scale were measured pre and post intervention. Results show that flash therapy can improve well-being, which in turn has been shown to increase resiliency. Utilizing and/or hiring counselors/therapists to implement this type of therapy on each unit is a safe, efficient, and effective means to improving well-being while decreasing burnout and compassion fatigue.