The Effects of Stress Management Education on Registered Nurses
Nurses in the United States are experiencing occupational stress at alarming rates. The COVID-19 pandemic and staffing shortages have only worsened stress for nurses and have acted as fuel for a vicious cycle; the more nurses that experience stress, the more that leave jobs, which further increases stress on remaining nurses in the field (ANA, 2020). The purpose of this EBP project is to explore the benefits of stress management programs for registered nurses as compared to nurses who receive little to no stress education. Existing randomized controlled trials have utilized in person training of varying lengths (1-6 weeks) and used online surveys to collect results. Nurses who receive stress management training reported lower rates of anxiety, depression, and occupational stress after completion of the education program. Based on the findings of this research, there is a clear positive effect on stress symptoms when nurses go through stress education programs, although positive results have been shown to slowly be diminished by six months after program completion This research can help guide hospitals to understand the benefits for implementation which can potentially decrease nurse turnover. Addressing how to sustain long-term effects of stress management should guide future research.