The impact of mindfulness on stress in healthcare professionals

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Allzer, Maile
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Lewis, Melissa
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2024
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The impact of mindfulness on stress in healthcare professionals
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The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) reports that within the next 5 years, 25% of practicing nurses are going to switch careers or retire. Close to 2/3 of the nurses practicing today experience burnout for a variety of different reasons, the biggest being perceived stress. Perceived stress is defined as the subjectivity of stress and how a person experiences it. The subjectivity of perceived stress can be beneficial because it provides an opportunity to impact someone’s thinking through non-invasive and easily implementable measures. A decrease in perceived stress can then translate to decreased burnout. One of the ways suggested to fight this stress and burnout in the nursing profession is through mindfulness. Mindfulness teaches that one can respond in a positive way, even to stressful situations, through self regulation and interpersonal skills. This comes from Buddhist teachings and was defined as “paying purposeful and conscious attention to the present, without judging current concepts” (Chen et. al., 2021, para 3). Researchers have found that a nurse successfully implementing mindfulness in their daily life can better manage their mood, states, well-being, attention, and consciousness. The purpose of this Evidence-Based Practice review is to evaluate the effects that mindfulness interventions have on healthcare professionals’ stress across the world.
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