This study examined the impact of the MINDBODYSTRONG® program on mental health and lifestyle behaviors among a sample of staff nurses, clinical nurse leaders, and faculty, when offered after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Previous studies have demonstrated the MINDBODYSTRONG program decreased anxiety and depressive symptoms, improved job satisfaction, and sustained healthy lifestyle behaviors in newly licensed RNs. This program has not been studied with experienced nurses. In addition, the use of a virtual format is unique.
A pre-post design was used for this pilot study. Subjects were recruited from a large Midwestern medical center and affiliated school of nursing. Registered participants of the MINDBODYSTRONG program attended 7 weekly sessions virtually.
The MINDBODYSTRONG intervention suggests sustained improvement in perceived stress, anxiety, depression, and use of healthy behaviors.
This pilot study supports that the MINDBODYSTRONG program may be effective in addressing mental health and healthy lifestyle beliefs for staff nurses, clinical nurse leaders, and nursing faculty.