Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Dr. Lisa Van Getson

Second Advisor

Laura Wentworth

Third Advisor

Joyce P Miller


In this Doctorate of Nursing Practice-Family Nurse Practitioner (DNP-FNP) scholarly

project, a yoga program was developed and implemented to educate how the practice of yoga can be utilized to manage or prevent back pain in nurses. Back pain in nurses is a common condition that can cause nurses to become unable to work and ultimately affect the nursing work unit. The practice of yoga has gained popularity in Western culture for improving health and back pain. A review of the recent research literature from 2000- 2015 that investigated back pain in nurses, back pain management, treatment, and yoga, is provided to determine if yoga could be utilized as an effective modality for back pain management. Jean Watson’s Human Caring Science theory of nursing was the theoretical framework used to help guide the exploration of this topic. Seven of the eight DNP Essentials set forth by the AACN were directly fulfilled through this project and are explained. The implications and importance this project has for the clinical work of an Integrative Family Nurse Practitioner are provided.


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