Decreasing Stress and Burnout in Nurses: Efficacy of Blended Learning With Stress Management and Resilience Training Program

J Nurs Adm. Jul/Aug 2017;47(7-8):391-395. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000501.

Abstract

Objective: The study's purpose was to assess efficacy of blended learning to decrease stress and burnout among nurses through use of the Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) program.

Background: Job-related stress in nurses leads to high rates of burnout, compromises patient care, and costs US healthcare organizations billions of dollars annually. Many mindfulness and resiliency programs are taught in a format that limits nurses' attendance.

Methods: Consistent with blended learning, participants chose the format that met their learning styles and goals; Web-based, independent reading, facilitated discussions. The end points of mindfulness, resilience, anxiety, stress, happiness, and burnout were measured at baseline, postintervention, and 3-month follow-up to examine within-group differences.

Results: Findings showed statistically significant, clinically meaningful decreases in anxiety, stress, and burnout and increases in resilience, happiness, and mindfulness.

Conclusions: Results support blended learning using SMART as a strategy to increase access to resiliency training for nursing staff.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adult
  • Burnout, Professional / prevention & control*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mindfulness*
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / education*
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology*
  • Resilience, Psychological*
  • Stress, Psychological / prevention & control*
  • United States