A pilot evaluation of a Mindful Self-Care and Resiliency (MSCR) intervention for nurses

Craigie, Mark and Slatyer, Susan and Hegney, Desley and Osseiran-Moisson, Rebecca and Gentry, Eric and Davis, Sue and Dolan, Tony and Rees, Clare (2016) A pilot evaluation of a Mindful Self-Care and Resiliency (MSCR) intervention for nurses. Mindfulness, 7 (3). pp. 764-774. ISSN 1868-8527

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.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 05 May 2016 04:39
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2017 05:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: compassion fatigue; nurses; burnout; mindfulness; resilience; intervention
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services
C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/s12671-016-0516-x
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29095

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