Date of Graduation


Document Type



nursing burnout, administrative support, COVID-19, mental health, well-being, surveys, nurses

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Degree Level



Kelly Young

Committee Member

Allison Scott

Second Committee Member

Susan Patton


Attention to the well-being of nurses is necessary to ensure the healthcare system can operate effectively, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. The workplace environment and support from nursing leadership strongly contribute to nurses’ well-being. Currently, there is little evidence on the effect nursing leadership has on nurses’ well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. This DNP clinical inquiry project sought to learn more about the effects of caring leadership behaviors on nurses’ well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. A survey composed of questions from previously validated and reliable surveys used in the field of nursing was used to collect data. Neuman’s systems theory guided project implementation. The DNP project’s goal was to increase the knowledge of how administrative support can improve nurses’ well-being in the workplace and decrease feelings of burnout under a crisis or contingency standard of care related to the pandemic. The results will be disseminated through publication and presentation with the aim to improve work environments for nurses to decrease burnout and optimize well-being during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.