Campus Location

Dallas Campus (Online)

Date of Award

6-2019

Department

Nursing

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Lawrence Santiago

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Linda Gibson

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Sharisse Hebert

Abstract

In the clinical setting and in their personal lives, health professionals are confronted with many stressors that impact their time and the clarity of their role. Stressors are emotional, moral, or spiritual in nature as a result of exposure to suffering and death. There are often occupational stressors, such as reduced social support, excessive workload, or a prolonged misalignment among personal needs, individual values, and the work role. As a result of these challenges, health care employees need to create coping skills when stressors and demands become hindrances to personal well-being and their professional ability to care for others. Developing health care employee resiliency through work site program interventions mitigates the effects of decreased job satisfaction and disengagement in the workplace. The purpose of this quantitative nonexperimental descriptive project was to understand health care workers’ perception of stress and resilience and whether workshop interventions using common domains of wellness and self care improved the sense of resilience. The project’s 8-week workshop included on-site meetings, self-directed learning modules, and weekly text messages to support participants’ interest in learning self-care and well-being methods for building resilience. The theoretical foundation was supported by Watson’s Human Caring Science and Yusoff’s DEAL learning methodology. Data analysis included pre- and post-DASS-21 and RSTM surveys and select demographic variables. Findings showed meaningful improvement from preintervention to postintervention subscales of stress and depression (p = .03; p = .01). The project offers a potential strategy for health care workers and leaders to navigate workplace adversity and change and improve employee health.

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