Creating a Self-Help Pamphlet Presenting Self-Care and Self-Care Resources for Registered Nurses Working on a Telemetry and Non-Telemetry Medical Surgical Unit in a Hospital to Help Manage Stress and Promote Work-Life Balance
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Stress is a major contributing factor for registered nurse (RN) turnover and shortages. It is estimated that approximately 55% of RNs in the United States will leave their first job within six years of graduation and that over 200,000 new RNs will be needed annually through 2026 to fill jobs and to replace retiring nurses. It is essential that employers take an active role in making RNs aware of resources available to them to promote positive coping with work related stressors and professional quality of life. The purpose of this Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) project was to create an educational self-help pamphlet for RNs working in a telemetry and non-telemetry medical surgical unit at a hospital on self-care and self-care resources to help manage stress and promote professional quality of life. Pender’s (2011) Health Promotion Model (HPM) served as the theoretical framework for this DNP project.