Cool Down, Don’t Burnout

Author(s): Amante, John Carlos, BSN, RN Blanco, Lina Mares, BSN, RN De Guzman, Francis, ADN, RN, Singletary, Tiffany, ADN, RN

CERP B 0.30

Expires Jun 30, 2024

Topics: Patient Safety

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

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This activity will be recognized for Synergy CERPs hours for the education presented.

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Activity Summary

Due to the nature of a cardiothoracic and trauma ICU unit, the self-reported feelings of burnout and high rates of turnover had been consistent problems during the pre-pandemic era. Our CSI team launched the AACN HWEAT tool to assess unit morale and the Maslach Burnout Tool to assess the level of burnout. Our CSI team decided to utilize a communication board for our intervention. The board consisted of three columns that assessed perceptions of the current shift: what went well during the shift, what could be improved during the shift and general suggestions for the unit which was well received and utilized by the team.


  • Discuss key concepts of a direct care nurse unit change project
  • Apply tools and methods shared in their own unit

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