The Impact of Mindfulness on Stress and Burnout of New Graduate Nurses as a Component of a Nurse Residency Program

Author: Denise Stage McNulty1, Carol LaMonica-Way, Jo-Anne Senneff
1 Author Affiliations: Professional Development Leader (Dr McNulty) and Professional Development Leader (Mrs LaMonica-Way), Center for Professional Excellence, Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital; and Professional Practice Leader (Mrs Senneff), Center for Nursing Research, Education, and Practice, Houston Methodist - Texas Medical Center, Texas.
Conference/Journal: J Nurs Adm
Date published: 2022 Apr 1
Other: Volume ID: 52 , Issue ID: 4 , Pages: E12-E18 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000001137. , Word Count: 146

This evidence-based practice project assessed the impact of integrating mindfulness training into an existing nurse residency program.

Stress and burnout are endemic in healthcare. The transition to practice is associated with stress and anxiety for newly graduated nurses. Evidence supports mindfulness-based interventions to mitigate stress and burnout and improve the workplace environment and patient outcomes.

This project employed a pre/post design to measure burnout, stress, and mindfulness, comparing means and standard deviations between intervention and comparison nurse residency cohorts. Mindfulness training was integrated at 4 points within the 1st 6 months of the residency program.

The intervention cohort reported significantly less burnout and stress and more mindfulness at 6 months than the comparison group.

Mindfulness training can be feasibly integrated into an existing nurse residency program to decrease stress and burnout for new graduate nurses during the transition to practice.

PMID: 35348491 DOI: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000001137