​​A Quality Improvement Project for Nurse Facilitators in a New Graduate Nurse Program to Reduce Nurse Burnout​

Author(s) Information

Colleen ShayanFollow

Nature and scope of the project

This quality improvement project proposes that nurse facilitators in a new graduate nurse residency program be educated to screen and coach new graduates in rounding and reflection groups to decrease the rate of burnout. New graduate nurses are especially vulnerable to burnout, which can lead new nurses to leave their jobs or the profession. This project aims to determine if coaching, education, and screening by nurse facilitators of a new graduate residency program decrease the rate of burnout of a new graduate nurse at six months.

Synthesis and analysis of supporting literature

The work of Dall'Ora, 2020, synthesized the reasons for burnout in the nursing workforce and identified nine categories including workload/staffing levels, job control, working patterns, psychological demands, working relationships/leadership, environment, staff outcomes/performance, patient care and individual characteristics. Of the nine categories, some have protective measures to combat burnout such as control and flexibility over the job, task variety and autonomy, positive support factors, leadership and work environment. Strategies to confront burnout require a multi-layered approach that involves leadership and organizational structure, screening and education and self-care and well-being. These strategies should be implemented at regular intervals and stressors should be considered ( Lee et.al, 2016).

Project implementation

The quality improvement project will occur in a New Graduate Residency program of the Loyola University Trinity Health System, specifically at the Loyola University Medical Center. The in-service will be directed at a specific group of nurse facilitators within the residency program. A “facilitator” is an experienced nurse either in a leadership position, an experienced bedside nurse, or a nurse from Center for Professional Practice Development.

Evaluation criteria

Data will be collected from facilitators using the Generalized Self-Efficacy Scale and new graduates using the Casey-Fink New Graduate survey. A pre-test and post-test self-efficacy scale will be distributed and collected with the nurse facilitators during the in-service. The Casey-Fink survey will be administered and analyzed within a six-month timeframe. The timeframe for this proposal is January 2024 to July 2024.


Descriptive statistics and t-test will be used to evaluate relationships between variables and outcomes of the interventions.


To be reported after data collected and analyzed.



​​A Quality Improvement Project for Nurse Facilitators in a New Graduate Nurse Program to Reduce Nurse Burnout​