Date of Graduation

Summer 7-28-2020

Document Type

Project/Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

College/School

School of Nursing and Health Professions

Abstract

ABSTRACT

PROBLEM: Stress in the workplace has a significant impact on patients and the healthcare system, but, just as importantly, it can also negatively impact the well-being of the healthcare professional. Based on PSS results, 67% of nurses at Kaiser OURS felt “stressed” in the unit and 100% felt they could not cope with daily work tasks

CONTEXT: KP OURS is a microsystem of nursing staff who work together to bridge the gap between the non-Kaiser and Kaiser hospitals, assisting in the transfer of patients when medically stable. Meditation has been proven to have a variety of different health benefits, including stress reduction. The improvement project described in this paper focused on decreasing stress levels among nurses through practicing deep breathing meditation as a group.

INTERVENTIONS: The CNL will implement deep breathing meditation exercises among nursing staff during morning huddles. The exercise will require 3 minutes to complete over a course of an 8-month period.

MEASURES: The “show me” technique was used to determine if the teaching was affective and the changes in the scores from the PSS was used to determine outcome measures.

RESULTS: The results of the improvement project demonstrated a decrease in stress levels among nurses, proving the meditation exercises to be effective.

CONCLUSIONS: The intervention of practicing deep breathing meditation was found to be effective and sustainable.

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