Advisor(s)

Megan Lieb, DNP
Ohio Northern University
Nursing, Health & Behavioral Sciences
m-lieb.2@onu.edu

Jamie Hunsicker, DNP
Ohio Northern University
Health & Behavioral Sciences, Nursing
j-hunsicker@onu.edu

Document Type

Poster

Start Date

23-4-2021 9:00 AM

Description

Problem: It has been shown that nurses experience secondary stress following complicated births that negatively effects the nurse and may be a risk to patients. Secondary traumatic stress has detrimental effects on nurses’ work, mental health, and physical health. This can cause long term consequences for nurses, specifically labor and delivery nurses. Providing stress relief and self-care education may decrease stress levels following complicated births and increase effective coping.

Purpose: The purpose of this project was to determine the effect of providing stress relief education on nurses’ secondary stress levels following a complicated birth.

Methods: This project was a mixed-method design. The convenience sample for this project included nurses on a LDRP unit at a local hospital. A pre-survey and post-survey including qualitative and quantitative questions were distributed to nurses to complete during their shift. Measurable outcomes include coping mechanisms and stress levels. An educational intervention included stress relief at work, self-care, and pertinent facts about stress among nurses.

Pertinent Findings: It is expected that this project will provide evidence that stress relief education can provide appropriate coping mechanisms for labor and delivery nurses to decrease their stress after a complicated birth.

Conclusion: Labor and delivery nurses should consider participating in continuing education to promote stress relief and self-care to decrease workplace stress, specifically after complicated births. Aromatherapy, staying hydrated, eating nutritious, meditation, recreational activities, and sleep may all be mechanisms used to decrease stress at work.

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Apr 23rd, 9:00 AM

Nursing Stress Reduction After Complicated Births

Problem: It has been shown that nurses experience secondary stress following complicated births that negatively effects the nurse and may be a risk to patients. Secondary traumatic stress has detrimental effects on nurses’ work, mental health, and physical health. This can cause long term consequences for nurses, specifically labor and delivery nurses. Providing stress relief and self-care education may decrease stress levels following complicated births and increase effective coping.

Purpose: The purpose of this project was to determine the effect of providing stress relief education on nurses’ secondary stress levels following a complicated birth.

Methods: This project was a mixed-method design. The convenience sample for this project included nurses on a LDRP unit at a local hospital. A pre-survey and post-survey including qualitative and quantitative questions were distributed to nurses to complete during their shift. Measurable outcomes include coping mechanisms and stress levels. An educational intervention included stress relief at work, self-care, and pertinent facts about stress among nurses.

Pertinent Findings: It is expected that this project will provide evidence that stress relief education can provide appropriate coping mechanisms for labor and delivery nurses to decrease their stress after a complicated birth.

Conclusion: Labor and delivery nurses should consider participating in continuing education to promote stress relief and self-care to decrease workplace stress, specifically after complicated births. Aromatherapy, staying hydrated, eating nutritious, meditation, recreational activities, and sleep may all be mechanisms used to decrease stress at work.