A Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Acute Care Nursing Staff: A Pilot Study

Kent R. Brouwer, Sheila Melander, Lee Anne Walmsley, James Norton, Chizimuzo Okoli

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Purpose:The purpose of this study was to determine if a mindfulness-based smartphone application, used for 5 minutes a day for 30 days, could address burnout among acute care nursing staff. Methods: A pretest–posttest design with a midpoint evaluation was utilized. The sample included 31 nursing staff from cardiovascular acute care units. The Copenhagen Burnout Inventory, Cognitive and Affective Mindfulness Scale-Revised, Perceived Stress Scale, and Brief Resilience Scale were used to measure the impact of the intervention on participants. Findings: In a repeated measures analysis, there were no statistically significant changes in scores on the Brief Resilience Scale across the three timeframes (F = 0.64, df = 1.42, p =.49). There were significant reductions over time for perceived stress (F = 10.56, df = 1.74, p =.002) and personal burnout (F = 11.8, df = 1.10, p =.007), and increased scores on mindfulness (F = 4.76, df = 1.57, p =.039). Conclusions: The utilization of a mindfulness-based smartphone application may promote the health and well-being of cardiovascular nurses in acute care units. Mindfulness-based smartphone apps should be considered as a method of self-care, along with other holistic approaches to improve well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-33
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Holistic Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2024

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  • burnout
  • group/population
  • healing modalities
  • meditation/mindfulness
  • nurses (basic)
  • well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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