Background: Inpatient psychiatric nurses experience high levels of stress and burnout contributing to negative healthcare outcomes. Although evidence supports a high prevalence of burnout, very few programs have been implemented to target prevention of stress and burnout in psychiatric nurses.
Purpose: The purpose of project was to evaluate the helpfulness of a four-week mindfulness program designed to reduce stress and burnout in psychiatric nurses working on locked inpatient units.
Methods: This evaluation was formative in nature to assist in the development and implementation of a four-week mindfulness program. The primary outcome measures were the effectiveness of program content and the learning platform. A secondary outcome measure assessed the barriers to and facilitators of the program. These outcomes were measured through collection of quantitative data from an anonymous online survey and qualitative data obtained through a focus group.
Results: Twenty-two psychiatric inpatient nurses enrolled in the program in a large Southeastern hospital in the United States. Sixteen nurses completed the final survey with the majority composition being female, working on day shift, and ranging from age 20 to 61+ years. The majority of the participants either agreed or strongly agreed that the program content was helpful (87.5%) and the learning platform was feasible (90.6%).
Conclusion: The data suggests that the majority of the participants found this mindfulness program worthwhile and useful. The information derived from this formative evaluation provided guidance for continued development of the program with intent to make the program available through the hospital intranet.