Mindfulness Workshops Effects on Nurses' Burnout, Stress, and Mindfulness Skills : Holistic Nursing Practice

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Mindfulness Workshops Effects on Nurses' Burnout, Stress, and Mindfulness Skills

Sarazine, Julia DNP, APRN, FNP-BC; Heitschmidt, Mary PhD, APRN; Vondracek, Hugh MSc, ΦΒΚ; Sarris, Samantha MBA; Marcinkowski, Natalia RN; Kleinpell, Ruth PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN

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Holistic Nursing Practice 35(1):p 10-18, January/February 2021. | DOI: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000378


Burnout decreases work performance and quality of care and can result in medical errors, lower patient satisfaction, and higher rates of turnover. A study of 68 000 registered nurses showed that 35% of hospital nurses were experiencing symptoms of burnout. A systematic review identified that mindfulness-based interventions for health care professionals reduced stress and burnout and increased self-compassion and general health. However, the authors determined that more high-quality research is needed. This study examined the impact of a 4-hour workshop on burnout syndrome, perceived stress, and mindfulness skills. The objective of this study was to determine whether a 4-hour mindfulness workshop was effective in reducing burnout and perceived levels of stress and increasing mindfulness. Nurses at a Midwest academic medical center were recruited through e-mail to attend a 4-hour mindfulness workshop. Participants completed the Maslach Burnout Inventory—Human Service Survey, Perceived Stress Scale, and Cognitive and Affective Mindfulness Scale–Revised prior to the start of the workshop and 1 and 6 months after the workshop. The study design allowed for comparisons preintervention and postintervention. Of the 52 nurses who completed the baseline questionnaires, 94% were female with an average age of 38 years. Thirty-one percent completed the questionnaires at 1 month and 20 nurses at 6 months. At 1 month, nurses reported statistically significant decreased perceptions of stress (−2.31, P = .01) and emotional exhaustion (−4.78, P = .03). Mindfulness skills, personal accomplishment, and depersonalization improved but were not statistically significant. At 6 months, statistically significant findings included increased perceptions of mindfulness (2.50, P = .04), personal accomplishment (4.43, P = .04), and decreased emotional exhaustion (−6.21, P = .05). Perceptions of stress and depersonalization improved but were not statistically significant. In this study, nurses reported decreases in burnout and perceived stress and increases in mindfulness after attending a 4-hour mindfulness workshop. Further research is needed to determine the long-term impact of mindfulness-based training on nurses' burnout, stress, and mindfulness skills. The results of this study add to the body of literature that supports the benefits of mindfulness-based interventions.

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