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Intensive Crit Care Nurs. 2017 Jun;40:18-25. doi: 10.1016/j.iccn.2017.01.006. Epub 2017 Feb 23.

Use of aromatherapy to promote a therapeutic nurse environment.

Author information

1
Honor Health John C Lincoln Medical Center, 250 East Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85020, United States. Electronic address: Kari.Johnson@honorhealth.com.
2
Honor Health John C Lincoln Medical Center, 250 East Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85020, United States. Electronic address: Toni.West@honorhealth.com.
3
Honor Health John C Lincoln Medical Center, 250 East Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85020, United States. Electronic address: Shelly.Diana@honorhealth.com.
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Honor Health John C Lincoln Medical Center, 250 East Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85020, United States. Electronic address: Jodi.Todd@honorhealth.com.
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Honor Health John C Lincoln Medical Center, 250 East Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85020, United States. Electronic address: Brianna.Haynes@honorhealth.com.
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Honor Health John C Lincoln Medical Center, 250 East Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85020, United States. Electronic address: Judy.Bernhardt@honorhealth.com.
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Honor Health John C Lincoln Medical Center, 250 East Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85020, United States. Electronic address: Roberta.Johnson@honorhealth.com.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Workplace stress can affect nurse satisfaction. Aroma therapy as a therapeutic use of essential oil can be beneficial in reducing stress.

PURPOSE:

Assess perceived stress pre-post introduction of Essential Oil Lavender among registered nurses, charge nurses, and patient care technicians in a trauma intensive care unit, surgical specialty care unit and an orthopedic trauma unit.

METHODS:

Pre-post intervention with a quasi-experimental design. After a pre-survey, Essential Oil Lavender was diffused 24h per day over 30days in a designated nursing area that all nurses were not required to enter on each unit.

RESULTS:

Dependent sample t-test for "how often do nurses feel stressed a work in a typical week" revealed pre-survey mean 2.97 (SD=0.99) which was significantly higher than post-survey mean 2.70 (SD=0.92) with significance, t(69)=2.36, p=0.021, suggesting a difference in how often staff felt stressed at work in a typical week, trending down from "feeling stressed half of time" to "once in a while". There were no statistically significant differences in pre-post survey scores for TICU, TOU, or SSC as separate units.

RELEVANCE:

Use of essential oils to decrease work-related stress among nursing staff may improve retention, workplace environment, and increase nurse satisfaction.

KEYWORDS:

Aromatherapy; Complementary andalternative medicine; Essential oil lavender; Knowledge; Nurse; Therapeutic; Workplace stress

PMID:
28237089
DOI:
10.1016/j.iccn.2017.01.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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