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Type: Journal article
Title: A pilot evaluation of a Mindful Self-Care and Resiliency (MSCR) intervention for nurses
Author: Craigie, M.
Slatyer, S.
Hegney, D.
Osseiran-Moisson, R.
Gentry, E.
Davis, S.
Dolan, T.
Rees, C.
Citation: Mindfulness, 2016; 7(3):764-774
Publisher: Springer
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 1868-8527
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Mark Craigie, Susan Slatyer, Desley Hegney, Rebecca Osseiran-Moisson, Eric Gentry, Sue Davis ... et al.
Abstract: It is now well established that a significant number of nurses have less than optimal levels of wellness as a result of the stressful nature of their work. Identifying effective workplace strategies to help improve the resilience of nurses is therefore a high priority. In this study, we evaluated the feasibility of a mindfulness-based intervention aimed at reducing compassion fatigue and improving emotional well-being in nurses. A total of 21 nurses recruited from a large teaching hospital in Western Australia, participated in a mindful self-care and resiliency (MSCR) intervention. The intervention consisted of a 1-day compassion fatigue prevention educational workshop, followed by a series of weekly mindfulness training seminars conducted over 4 weeks (12 h total intervention time). Participants completed a number of standardized measures at pre, post, and 1-month follow-up. Significant improvements were observed following the intervention for compassion satisfaction, burnout, trait-negative affect, obsessive passion, and stress scores. At pre-intervention, 45 % of the sample had high burnout scores, but this reduced to just 15 % by post-intervention. No significant changes were observed for general resilience, anxiety, or secondary traumatic stress post-intervention or at follow-up. The results of this preliminary study indicate that MSCR may represent a feasible approach to improving resilience and well-being among nurses. Further research utilizing a control group is required to strengthen conclusions.
Keywords: Compassion fatigue; nurses; burnout; mindfulness; resilience; intervention
Rights: © Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016
DOI: 10.1007/s12671-016-0516-x
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