Evaluation of a Web-Based Holistic Stress Reduction Pilot Program Among Nurse-Midwives

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Abstract

Purpose: Work-related stress among midwives results in secondary traumatic stress, posttraumatic stress disorder, and job attrition. The purpose of this pilot project was to evaluate the effectiveness of a holistic, web-based program using holistic modalities for stress reduction and improved coping among certified nurse-midwives. Design and Method: A convenience sample of 10 midwives participated in a web-based holistic stress reduction intervention using yoga, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and meditation for four days each week over 4 weeks. Participants completed pre- and postintervention questionnaires (Perceived Stress Scale [PSS] and the Coping Self-Efficacy Scale [CSES]) for evaluation of effectiveness. Findings: The PSS means showed improvement in midwives’ stress (16.4-12.3). The CSES means showed improvement in coping (174.8-214.5). Improvement was shown in each subscale of the CSES (“uses problem-focused coping”: 19.2%; “stops unpleasant thoughts and emotions”: 20.3%; and “gets support from family and friends”: 16.6%). Conclusion: Findings suggest the potential for stress reduction and improved coping skills after using holistic techniques in a web-based format within a cohort of nurse-midwives. Further research of web-based, holistic intervention for stress reduction among midwives is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-169
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Holistic Nursing
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2018

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Keywords

  • common themes
  • group/population
  • healing modalities
  • healing modalities
  • meditation/mindfulness
  • midwives
  • nurses (advanced practice)
  • stress and coping
  • yoga

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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