Objective: The purpose of this quality improvement evidence-based project is to determine the effect of a web-based stress management program called BREATHE on reducing occupational stress and improving coping strategies. This evidence-based web-based program was made available to nurses in a nursing home (NH) in the Southeastern United States who have not participated in any stress management program before.
Method: The project provided a web-based stress management educational program to the participants. The program consists of six modules that give nurses an in-depth understanding of stress, how to manage it, and develop coping strategies. The project was carried out in a NH in the Southeastern United States.
Measurements: The demographic variables, valid and reliable questionnaires of the Nursing Stress Scale (NSS), and Brief COPE were included. These were created as HIPAA/PHI-compliant surveys in Qualtrics. The pre-survey consisted of questionnaires of demographic variables, NSS and Brief COPE questionnaires while the post and follow-up questionnaires were the NSS and Brief COPE, respectively.
Results: This quality improvement EBP project demonstrated that there was a statistically significant increase in the nurse’s coping strategies while there was no significant difference in the nurses’ perception of occupational stress.
Linking Evidence to Action: Our findings suggest that although the BREATHE program did not improve occupational stress; it did significantly increase the Brief COPE scores of the participants. An increase in coping strategies suggests that the program is a vital education program to be included in the continuous education module of the NH.
Nde, Nicole N. and Neal, Allyson, "Reducing Occupational Stress and Improving Coping Strategies among Nursing Home Nurses: Implementation of the BREATHE web-based program." (2023). Graduate Publications and Other Selected Works - Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).