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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Anne Vitale


Caregiver burnout is an issue for health care organizations, negatively influencing cost, engagement, and workforce stability. Nurse residency programs are intended to address the gap in practice between academia and clinical practice and provide social support during this transitional time. Self-care education can positively affect novice acute care nurses' transition into their new professional role while building connections with the health care organization during the first year of employment. The purpose of this project was to develop a staff educational module to address the nursing practice problem of evidence-based self-care education within a nurse residency curriculum at the doctoral site. The practice focus question for this project was can evidence-based staff development project be developed identifying self-care strategies for novice acute care nurses within a nurse residency program. Orem's theory of self-care, which highlights the importance of taking time to care for self as integral to human functioning, and Watson's caring theory, which emphasizes the loving care of self as a vital prerequisite for caring for others, were the theoretical frameworks. This module was developed based on existing peer-reviewed journals, national organizations' position statements, white papers, and expert opinion and was synthesized using Melynk's hierarchy of evidence for intervention studies tool. This module was developed and shared with doctoral site stakeholders. The recommendation was to integrate this educational product into the existing nurse residency program. The positive implications this project has for the nursing profession include improved well-being and job satisfaction for the novice acute care nurses and potential long-term effects on organizational cost related to turnover

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