In 2017, Magtibay et al. (2017) published an article “Decreasing Stress and Burnout in Nurses” in the Journal of Nursing Administration. Magtibay and Chesak are assistant professors in the department of nursing, and Coughlin is an independent consultant in Minnesota, Consultant in General Internal Medicine and Professor of Medicine General Internal Medicine Division, Sood developed the Stress Management and Resiliency Training program, which was applied in the study. These days, the problem of work-related stress appears to be a pressing concern. Emotional burnouts caused by professional activity have become common sights. In these circumstances, the necessity of implementing an employee stress management program is evident. The researchers observe the effectiveness of one of the approaches to deciding this problem and presenting the benefits of adhering to such a program.
The authors chose to explore the results of blended learning, namely the Stress Management and Resiliency Training program, for minimizing work-related stress in the field of nursing and evaluate the effectiveness of similar approaches. They were willing to pay attention to this job due to high rates of burnout in this sphere. Today, the United States government provides medical organizations with significant funding for addressing this hot-button issue, so it is essential to evaluate the applied methods. In addition, Magtibay et al. (2017) mark that a great number of programs lead to attendance limitations. As for the methods of the study, the participants were offered to choose the format of learning styles, which match their preferences and desired outcomes. They were “web-based, independent reading, facilitated discussions”, and they were supposed to complete the training within three months (Magtibay et al., 2017, para. 3). The levels of mindfulness, resilience, anxiety, stress, happiness, and burnout were used as criteria of the outcome.
The results were evaluated in accordance with the mentioned criteria. The statistics among the participants revealed that their mental state improved significantly. The level of stress caused by work was minimized, and it was possible to note the decrease in anxiety and burnout. Moreover, participants became less suppressed to stress and its consequences in general. The analysis of statistics demonstrated an increase in the ability to resist negativity, the feeling of happiness, and mindfulness. As a result, it contributed to job satisfaction and better productivity. This outcome allows assuming that employee stress management programs appear to be beneficial and effective in pursuing their aims. In addition, the analysis of statistics revealed the positive outcome of the Stress Management and Resiliency Training program in the field of nursing.
Therefore, the chosen study allows admitting multiple benefits of employee stress management programs for the mental state of workers. The level of stress caused by working experience minimized, and resilience increased. The results also demonstrate the effectiveness of the Stress Management and Resiliency Training program. However, this study has its limitation, as it only regards the nursing field. There is a likelihood that it will not be appropriate for coping with stress among employees of other professional spheres due to different specifics of their activity. For instance, their jobs, which include threats for employees’ lives, such as firefighters, members of rescue teams, and others. These occupations involve another type of stress, and for this reason, Stress Management and Resiliency Training program may not be beneficial for them. This question may become an implication for further research in the future.
Magtibay, D. L., Chesak, S. S., Coughlin, K., & Sood, A. (2017) Decreasing stress and burnout in nurses. The Journal of Nursing Administration, 47(7/8), 391-395.