Occupational burnout related to stress in the workplace is frequently experienced by nurses who are regularly confronted with trauma, suffering, and high workloads. Burnout can negatively impact patient care and have detrimental effects on nurse’s physical and mental health. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programs have been researched as a potential intervention for reducing stress and burnout through cultivating present awareness, emotional regulation, and positive thinking. A literature review was performed to explore the current knowledge on the effectiveness of mindfulness meditation related to stress and burnout in nurses and to provide recommendations for future research on this topic. Findings reveal strong evidence that mindfulness meditation is effective in decreasing stress and burnout in nurses. Mindfulness based interventions have been shown to significantly decrease stress, improve all aspects of burnout, and increase self-compassion and compassion satisfaction. Mindfulness meditation has the potential to prevent stress and burnout in nurses by decreasing self-judgement and over-identification with experience, and by increasing resiliency, compassion, and emotional regulation.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
College of Nursing
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Green, Alyssa, "The Effects of Mindfulness Meditation on Stress and Burnout in Nurses" (2020). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 792.