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

Jacqueline Sumner, DNP, RN

Third Advisor

Kathleen Clark, DNP, RN


Nurses working in the inpatient setting experience stress. Stress has become a common theme for inpatient nurses due to nursing shortages, the COVID-19 pandemic, more complex patient needs, and concerns for patient safety. Literature support shows that exercise within the workplace can help reduce stress. This project outlines a plan to integrate short exercise routines for nurses working on a pediatric unit at a large Midwestern hospital. This project will be guided by Watson’s Caritas Processes three, five, and eight, and focuses on the creation of transpersonal caring relationships. The exercise project will be evaluated at the end of a six-week period using pre and post assessment surveys to determine if exercise helped reduce stress for the inpatient pediatric nurse. Major nursing implications are aimed at decreasing the nurses’ stress to ultimately improve patient safety concerns and to strengthen the nurse-patient relationship. If this exercise program is successful on this inpatient pediatric unit, there could be an opportunity to expand the project to include all nurses, physician staff, allied health staff, and office staff at the Midwestern hospital.


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