Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Newly Graduated Registered Nurses


Journal Article

BackgroundThe transition from student to professional nurse is an important milestone in the development of newly graduated nurses. Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) has been shown to reduce symptoms of stress in those engaged in regular practice (Bazarko, Cate, Azocar, & Kreitzer, 2013; Kabat-Zinn, 1990).MethodThe quality improvement project used a one-group pre-test/posttest design to measure newly graduated registered nurses’ awareness of mindfulness and perceived stress.ResultsMindfulness awareness improved from pre-intervention (M = 3.66, SD = .81) to post-innovation (M = 4.03, SD = .69) although this was not statistically significant, (t[67] = 1.93, p = .057). There was a statistically significant decrease in perceived stress from pre-innovation (M = 19.47, SD = 7.16) to post-innovation (M = 15.71, SD = 6.90), (t[66] = 2.16, p = .034). Qualitative themes of increased patient safety, communication, and teamwork were identified.ConclusionMBSR has the potential to increase mindfulness and decrease perceived stress in newly graduated registered nurses, encouraging improved patient safety, communication, and teamwork.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kulka, JM; De Gagne, JC; Mullen, CK; Robeano, K

Published Date

  • November 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 243 - 250

Published By

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1946-1895

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1078-4535

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1891/1078-4535.24.4.243


  • en