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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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First Advisor

Genevieve Chandler

Second Advisor

Karen Kalmakis

Third Advisor

Elizabeth Cracco

Subject Categories

Nursing | Nursing Administration | Other Nursing


BACKGROUND: Addressing the healthcare workforce challenges related to burnout and turnover of nurses has become a top priority for healthcare leaders and healthcare organizations. Resilience interventions for nurses offer an opportunity to promote wellbeing in the healthcare work environment. AIMS: The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of a strengths-based resilience intervention on perceptions of stress, resilience, emotional self-awareness, and belonging among nurse participants. METHODS: A mixed methods qualitative design was used to examine the variables through a post-intervention survey as well as to explore the experience of participants (n=7) in the program in the analysis of 57 unique data points from writing submissions and final presentations obtained over the course of the 10-week program. RESULTS: Major themes included the value of connections, building on strengths, identifying resources, and developing cognitive flexibility. CONCLUSIONS: Wellbeing and resilience programs offer an innovative opportunity to engage and connect nurses and nursing teams to promote coping, strengths, connections, and a sense of belonging. Additional offerings with larger group sizes or repeated and continued offerings can support building the body of evidence for programs as was studied in this research.


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