Nurse leader mindfulness meditation program for stress management: A randomized controlled trial

Teri Britt Pipe, Jennifer J. Bortz, Amylou Dueck, Debra Pendergast, Vicki Buchda, Jay Summers

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Abstract

Objective: The aim of this study was to rigorously evaluate a brief stress management intervention for nurse leaders. Background: Despite the nursing shortage, evidencebased workplace approaches addressing nurse stress have not been well studied. Methods: Nurse leaders (n = 33) were randomly assigned to brief mindfulness meditation course (MMC) or leadership course (control). Self-report measures of stress were administered at baseline and within 1 week of course completion. Results: Among MMC participants, change scores (from baseline to postintervention) on several subscales of the Symptom Checklist 90-Revised showed significantly more improvement in self-reported stress symptoms relative to controls. Mindfulness meditation course participants had significantly more improvement in Positive Symptom Distress Index (P = 0.010; confidence interval [CI] = j0.483 to j0.073) and Global Severity Index (P = 0.019; CI = j0.475 to j0.046) and nearly significantly more improvement in Positive Symptom Total (P = 0.066; CI = j16.66 to 0.581) compared with controls. Conclusion: Results support preliminary effectiveness of a 4-week MMC in reducing self-reported stress symptoms among nursing leaders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-137
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nursing Administration
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management

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