Using a mindfulness-based intervention to support the resiliency of in-patient pediatric respiratory therapists

Julie Luzarraga, Christopher S Wichman, Rachel Shirk, Cheryl Jarosz, Meaghann S Weaver

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BACKGROUND: Respiratory therapists (RTs) are care providers in highly stressful work environments with limited time and resources for self-care. Mindfulness-based interventions teach non-reactive awareness to the present situation or the ability to respond versus react in the moment, to shift away from a physical and emotional stress response. METHODS: Mindfulness-based group learning was offered during 2 regularly scheduled RT staff meetings for ∼30 min each session. Each meeting began and concluded with a distress assessment and with counting and recording respirations for 30 s. RESULTS: This quality-improvement project revealed mindfulness-based interventions to be feasible and acceptable. Mindfulness intervention reduced RT team members’ physical and emotional stress related symptoms (as measured by a 1-point median decrease in the self-administered distress assessment, with P =.001 in session 1) and increased sense of calm (as measured by participant breathing rate decrease by mean of two-points P =.001 in session 1 and session 2). CONCLUSIONS: Mindfulness-based interventions were noted to be feasible and acceptable additions to RT staff meetings. These interventions have the potential to introduce breathing practices and mini mindfulness techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)550-554
Number of pages5
JournalRespiratory Care
Volume64
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2019

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Mindfulness
Pediatrics
Respiration
Psychological Stress
Aptitude
Self Care
Quality Improvement
Learning

Keywords

  • Mindfulness based intervention
  • Pediatric palliative care
  • Professional resiliency
  • Respiratory therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine

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Using a mindfulness-based intervention to support the resiliency of in-patient pediatric respiratory therapists. / Luzarraga, Julie; Wichman, Christopher S; Shirk, Rachel; Jarosz, Cheryl; Weaver, Meaghann S.

In: Respiratory Care, Vol. 64, No. 5, 01.05.2019, p. 550-554.

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