Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)



First Advisor

Joyce P. Miller, DNP, RN

Second Advisor

Katie Clark, DNP, RN

Third Advisor

Allison Galkowski, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, CPN


Nurses are at an increased risk for stress leading to burnout. Nurses working in pediatrics are said to be at an even higher risk for burnout than nurses caring for adult patients. The phenomenon of burnout has been shown to cause cynicism and depersonalization among those working in the service industry in addition to affecting nurse retention. Healthcare organizations need to provide resources to decrease stress and burnout for nurses while at work. Guided by Watson’s Theory of Human Caring, a project was developed to decrease burnout and increase retention among pediatric nurses at a large Midwest Academic Medical Center. The implementation of a relaxation room equipped with a massage chair, aromatherapy, and guided meditation for use by nurses’ during their break times is proposed. The Maslach Burnout Inventory will be used to measure the level of burnout of the nurses pre and post implementation. Comparisons of the pre and post data would be used to determine if the relaxation room made a difference in the nurses’ stress level and feeling of burnout, ultimately resulting in improved nurse retention.


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