A Study to Evaluate the Effects of the Authentic Connections Program on Resilience, Psychological Distress, Depression, Self-compassion, Parenting Stress, and Burnout in Nurse Leaders


About this study

The purpose of this study is to ascertain the effects of the Authentic Connections intervention among nurse leaders who are mothers at Mayo Clinic Rochester in comparison to a control group. Outcomes that will be measured include: psychological distress, depression, self-compassion, parenting stress, burnout, and feasibility measures.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • In an NES or CNS nurse leader role at Mayo Clinic Rochester
  • Female gender
  • A mother to at least one child or adult child (mothers of adult children will be included, given the intervention emphasis on mentoring).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Are actively suicidal
  • Meet criteria for psychoses, during initial assessments or during participation in this study

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Sherry Chesak, Ph.D., M.S., R.N.

Closed for enrollment

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