Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Lisa Van Getson, APRN, DNP, FNP-C

Second Advisor

Susanne M. Cutshall, APRN, DNP, CNS

Third Advisor

Michelle Ullery, DNP, APRN, CNP


The challenges healthcare providers face during the COVID-19 pandemic are

unprecedented, leading to work-related stress and burnout symptoms. Stress management for health care providers is crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthcare providers must find effective modalities during this time. Animal Assist therapy is a stress management modality that evidence-based research has proven to be effective. A comprehensive literature review of the importance of stress reduction for health care providers and the effectiveness of Animal Assist Therapy will help support this project. Jean Watson's human caring theory will serve as a model for this project. The implementation of the scholarly project of providing AAT to health care providers in the ED methodology and evaluation was described. The significance and implication of the scholarly project were highlighted. The DNP essentials are identified as a guide to exemplify this scholarly project as fulfilling requirements for the advanced practice nurse. This scholarly project supports the need for AAT to be integrated into the future of clinical practice for the improved well-being of patients and health care providers.


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