An on-the-job mindfulness-based intervention for pediatric ICU nurses: a pilot

J Pediatr Nurs. Mar-Apr 2015;30(2):402-9. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2014.10.005. Epub 2014 Oct 20.


The feasibility of a 5-minute mindfulness meditation for PICU nurses before each work-shift to investigate change in nursing stress, burnout, self-compassion, mindfulness, and job satisfaction was explored. Thirty-eight nurses completed measures (Nursing Stress Scale, Maslach Burnout Inventory, Mindfulness Attention Awareness Scale and Self-Compassion Scale) at baseline, post-intervention and 1 month after. The intervention was found to be feasible for nurses on the PICU. A repeated measures ANOVA revealed significant decreases in stress from baseline to post intervention and maintained 1 month following the intervention. Findings may inform future interventions that support on-the-job self-care and stress-reduction within a critical care setting.

Keywords: Intervention; Mindfulness; Nurses; Stress.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Burnout, Professional / prevention & control*
  • Child
  • Critical Care Nursing / methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units, Pediatric*
  • Job Satisfaction*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mindfulness / methods*
  • Pediatric Nursing / methods
  • Pilot Projects
  • Stress, Psychological / prevention & control
  • Surveys and Questionnaires