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Authors

  1. Mintz-Binder, Ronda DNP, RN, CNE
  2. Andersen, Susan PhD, APRN, FNP-BC
  3. Sweatt, Laura MSN, RN, NPD-BC
  4. Song, Huaxin PhD

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: This pilot study investigated increasing nurse resiliency utilizing a toolkit of stress-reducing interventions on medical-surgical units at 4 hospitals.

 

BACKGROUND: Resiliency-building activities are time consuming and undertaken outside work hours. Although the activities show a positive impact on resilience, researchers investigated whether similar results could be achieved where nurses experience work stress.

 

METHODS: This quasi-experimental pretest and posttest interventional study used a within-subjects design. Provided toolkits included written instructions to carry out the study. Nurses completed surveys at baseline, at 10 time points over a 6-week period, and at study conclusion.

 

RESULTS: The Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale-10 scores increased significantly at follow-up (P < .02). Self-reported stress levels decreased over the 10 shifts with continued use of the interventions.

 

CONCLUSION: Using stress-reducing interventions during work decreased stress and increased resiliency, thereby offering nurse leaders additional options to promote a healthy workforce at the bedside.