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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Catherine Garner


Poor balance between workplace and family life has been shown to increase stress and impact emotional well-being. Nurses continue to report burnout and high stress levels from time spent in the workplace which contributes to an inability to balance work with life. The gap in nursing practice leadership is the lack of knowledge and tools for supporting the emotional well-being of managers and direct care nursing staff. The purpose of this systematic review was to compile a summary of rigorous evidence-based literature on programs and strategies that nursing leaders can use to provide support in achieving work-life balance for nursing staff. Guided by Cooper’s seven step process for research synthesis, a total of 18 articles were chosen that pertained to key elements of sustaining balance between the workplace and personal life. Evidence-based options that make a difference include flexible staffing, stress management programs, and personal health and wellness programs. There is evidence these activities are valuable in maintaining optimal productivity and retention. Improving the autonomy and support perceived by nurses while eliminating pressures such as increased productivity and higher workloads can improve the nursing experience, ultimately improving patient experience and outcomes. This information can be used by nurse leaders to create and implement strategies to support the nursing workforce and ultimately decrease the turnover and the loss of experienced nurses from the profession. This project facilitates positive social change by contributing to a supportive work environment that allows nurses to provide quality patient care.

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