nurses-helping-nurses-reclaim-their-balance-one-breath-at-a-timeNurses Helping Nurses Reclaim Their Balance One Breath at a Time

presented by Christine Gilchrist, RN, MSN, MPH, NC-BC; Caroline Ortiz, RN, MSN, MPH, CCAP, CMI; Jeanne Kenney, RN, BSN, HN-BC, CCAP

Addressing unmanaged stress within a holistic nursing perspective, an integrative stress management program was developed by nurses at a large urban teaching hospital. Unmanaged stress often leads to physical and emotional symptoms which are correlated with medical errors, absenteeism and turnover within the hospital setting. The management program offers nurses effective self-care approaches to stress reduction through an innovative mobile platform, offering participants the opportunity to experience various integrative mind/body modalities – breath work, centering and grounding, essential oils, meditation and imagery, biofeedback, and Reiki.

This recorded program discussion includes quantitative and qualitative data collected from implementation through the first two years. The successes and challenges of program development and execution are identified, along with strategies for capitalizing on or overcoming them. In addition to measurements of perceived and experienced stress, the program’s impact on absenteeism, job satisfaction and performance within nursing is examined. Finally, speakers present future plans for an IRB approved retrospective study publication that includes an impact analysis of the program on patient satisfaction indicators.

Recorded: February 2014

Learning Objectives:

1. Explain the stressors, risk factors and related behaviors of healthcare providers with regard to insufficient stress management skills.
2. Describe successes and challenges of a mobile stress management program delivered at a large urban teaching hospital.
3. Identify and describe which elements of the Integrative Stress Management Program could be replicated at their facility, institution, and organization.