Date of Award

Spring 4-25-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing Administration and Emergency Management



Committee Chair

Dr. Shelly Randall

Second Committee Member

Dr. Terri McKown

Third Committee Member

Dr. Cheryl Monfee

Program Director

Dr. Jennifer Helms

Dean of Graduate College

Dr. Sarah Gordon


Burnout is a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion that results from long-term involvement in work situations that are difficult (Schaufeli & Greenglass, 2001). Burnout leads to a significant occupational problem in various professions that involve people who work with others, including nurses who work with COVID- 19 patients. This pilot study aims to determine if travel nurses who have worked or are currently working during the COVID-19 pandemic in acute care hospitals are at increased risk for nurse burnout. A convenience sample (N=9) of travel nurses working at CHRISTUS St Michael Health System were asked to complete the Travel Nurse and Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI-HSS) Survey. Three core aspects of burnout were assessed: emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and personal accomplishment. Data from the survey was collected and analyzed. The findings of this pilot study findings indicate that participants experienced feelings of emotional exhaustion a few times a week, but not every day (54.5%). Participants experienced feelings of depersonalization a few times a month (38.2%), and they experienced feelings of personal accomplishment a few times a week (56.6%). Limitations of this study include a small sample size.