Exploring a social work lead mindfulness-based intervention to address burnout among inpatient psychiatric nurses: a pilot study [2020]

Acute psychiatric nurses experience workplace stressors related to organizational factors including staffing shortages, along with interpersonal conflict with patients and colleagues. The pilot study examined the experience of burnout among acute care psychiatric nurses and the usefulness of a social work lead mindfulness-based intervention for reducing burnout elements. Findings indicated participants experienced emotional exhaustion associated with their work, but also a significant degree of personal accomplishment. Nurses identified the intervention as having the potential to promote better emotional regulation in the workplace and beyond. Social worker education on mindfulness techniques may represent an untapped resource for improving the emotional wellness and effective patient care.

Donna M. Wampole DSW & Sara Bressi PhD, LSW
Social Work in Health Care, Volume 59, 2020 – Issue 8