Date of Award

Spring 2023

Document Type

Project – Full Written

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Committee Chair

Tina Lewis


This project set out to see if stress and anxiety (leading to burnout) could be combatted with the use of essential oils (EOs). Burnout is a common concern amongst the medical community and healthcare providers are leaving their jobs and field at unprecedented rates. While EOs have been used for patients, they are rarely used for the healthcare providers’ benefit. Because of that, this project wanted to focus on the employee for a change, which in turn would benefit the patient by having a mentally-present provider and the company by having less turnover. The project consisted of a pre-survey prior to implementation, proceeded by three lavender diffusion stations set up for 2-weeks. Afterward, a post-survey was sent out to the same employees. The goal of the project was to improve the employees' stress and anxiety levels by 20%, and that was achieved and surpassed by improving their levels by 33%. This is a simple yet impactful method to improve employees’ mental health within the workplace, leading to improved patient experiences and employee retention.

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