Date of Award

January 2021

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


Yale University School of Nursing

First Advisor

Joan Kearney


AbstractThe nursing workforce is in a crisis caused by critical imbalances which is evident through the nursing shortage, alarming rates of clinician burnout, and poor patient outcomes; this is expected to produce one million vacant positions within the next five years (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020). Turnover rates and burnout continue to increase nation-wide while the workforce remains disengaged (Dempsey & Assi, 2018). This project addressed nursing retention by promoting engagement, interconnectedness, and shared governance in a varied group of healthcare professionals working in the COVID-19 vaccine clinic at LAC+USC Medical Center. A virtual medium was created to implement an innovative model protocol using the Institute of Healthcare Joy in Work Framework. A survey tool measuring connection to work and intent to leave was disseminated. There was on overall increase in post-survey results suggesting an improvement in meaning and purpose in work among participants. This project can be the foundation to a gold standard retention blueprint that is missing in healthcare.


This is an Open Access Thesis.

Open Access

This Article is Open Access