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Int J Nurs Knowl. 2014 Jun;25(2):119-30. doi: 10.1111/2047-3095.12025. Epub 2014 Feb 26.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction: an intervention to enhance the effectiveness of nurses' coping with work-related stress.

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School of Nursing, University of Hawaii Hilo, Hilo, Hawaii.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This critical literature review explored the current state of the science regarding mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) as a potential intervention to improve the ability of nurses to effectively cope with stress.

METHODS:

Literature sources include searches from EBSCOhost, Gale PowerSearch, ProQuest, PubMed Medline, Google Scholar, Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, and reference lists from relevant articles.

FINDINGS:

Empirical evidence regarding utilizing MBSR with nurses and other healthcare professionals suggests several positive benefits including decreased stress, burnout, and anxiety; and increased empathy, focus, and mood.

CONCLUSIONS:

Nurse use of MBSR may be a key intervention to help improve nurses' ability to cope with stress and ultimately improve the quality of patient care provided.

KEYWORDS:

Mindfulness-based stress reduction; nurse; stress

PMID:
24612607
DOI:
10.1111/2047-3095.12025
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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