Stress Management and Resiliency Training in a Nurse Residency Program: Findings From Participant Focus Groups

J Nurses Prof Dev. 2019 Nov/Dec;35(6):337-343. doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000589.


Stress is a well-recognized phenomenon in the nursing profession, particularly for new nurses. This study (a) assessed nurse residents' experience with a stress management program and (b) informed adjustments to the program. Analysis of qualitative data revealed three themes: (a) enhanced personal and professional development, (b) sensitivity to learner needs, and (c) fostering the principles of mindfulness. A stress management program has the potential to positively enhance the new nurse's transition to work.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Education, Nursing, Graduate
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Male
  • Mindfulness
  • Nurse's Role*
  • Qualitative Research
  • Resilience, Psychological*
  • Staff Development*
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology*
  • Young Adult