Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award



Document Type

DNP Project



Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Tonya Sawyer-McGee

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Marcia Sotelo


Research has proven that acute care healthcare professionals (i.e., nurses, certified nursing assistants, and respiratory therapists have been experiencing ongoing challenges and ineffective coping mechanisms. The Toolkit for Emotional Coping for Healthcare Staff (TECHS) educational toolkit has introduced practical coping skills that could benefit healthcare workers. Using the TECHS has effectively inspired the development and usage of practical coping skills among healthcare workers. There were three tools included in the TECHS educational material to understand and manage adversity, which can be repeated for new or recurring stressful situations in a personal or team-based approach. These tools were based on cognitive-behavioral therapy skills and skills for groups and families. The researcher chose a 30-question survey regarding the components of the ProQOL 5.0 questionnaire to perform the quantitative survey and the TECHS educational assessment toolkit to assess the views and coping skills of healthcare professionals in intensive care units 2 years after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. An interactive 30-minute presentation was used to share evidence-based coping tools and discuss available coping resources to encourage the development of effective coping mechanisms. Thirty days following the educational session, a postsurvey was conducted to assess the effectiveness of the TECHS tool kit. Results revealed that statistical significance was assumed at an alpha value of 0.05 in the analysis of burnout, post-traumatic stress disorder, and compassion satisfaction. Keywords: COVID-19, intensive care unit/acute care setting, healthcare workers/professionals, stress, burnout, psychological impact, coping mechanisms

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