Our research journey began with a topic that I was interested in working on. This topic was nursing burnout. With extensive research, we realized that there were many individuals who were curious about that same topic. Many articles, old and new, were written on that topic. However, knowing how rigorous nursing programs are to get into and to stay in, we wanted to find out if nursing burnout began before a nurse’s career even began. This brought us into looking at nursing student burnout and how it affects the retention and success rates of nursing programs. The title of our research project is “Examining an Intervention for Stress and Burnout to Increase Student Success in Undergraduate Nursing Education.”
At first, Dr. Northrup and I were leaning towards a quantitative study but after doing research on the topic and outlining our plan of action, we quickly realized that a qualitative study the best way to proceed. While doing our literature review through Cinhal and PubMed, we realized that qualitative studies were lacking when it came to nursing student burnout. We have already began exploring the Institutional Review Board process in order to do research with the students at our university. Our goal is to conduct interviews with students at different points in the nursing curriculum with a questionnaire we have created that will help us determine burnout levels in these students. Our research journey has been exciting and informative and even more exciting steps are to come.