Publication Date

Spring 2023

Degree Type

Doctoral Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Lisa Walker-Vischer

Second Advisor

Jill Sproul


Resilience, Nurse Manager, Peer Support, Burnout, Mental health


Background: Nurse managers are at risk for experiencing stress and burnout. The peer support program was implemented to increase resilience among nurse managers.
Methods: A one-group pretest and posttest design was employed to examine the impact of peer support on nurse manager resilience. The nurse managers participated in bi-weekly 30-minute peer sessions over 12 weeks. The Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale was utilized prior to and following the intervention along with demographic and satisfaction surveys.
Results: There were six nurse managers who participated in the peer support program; however, only four completed both the pre- and post-survey. The peer support program intervention did not yield a significant result in increasing resilience levels among nurse managers (p = 0.832).
Conclusion: Although the peer support intervention did not yield significant results, it shows promise as a needed intervention to address resilience in the nursing manager workforce. Based on the prevalence of stress and burnout among nurse managers, there is a continued need to utilize resilience as a mechanism to provide support. Further research would benefit with a larger sample size, a structured peer session format, and a controlled educational environment.


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