Mayo Oncology Clinic, Arizona - HEART MIND PROJECT

Mayo Clinic, Arizona

Health Team Resilience Mayo Clinic, AZ

Mayo Clinic, Arizona – published research study –nurses in oncology practiced HeartMath techniques and experienced improved health and reduced stress. The results after 7 months were enviable.


Compelling Reasons for the Intervention:

  • Documented high stress levels of health care workers
  • Impact that stress has on individual health status
  • Stress-related mistakes resulting in adverse patient outcomes

Key Results

  • Oncology Staff who responded “often to always” decreased by these percentages:
    • Fatigue 85%, Anxiety 86%, Depression 100%
    • Inadequate Sleep 83%, Headaches 81%
    • Rapid Heartbeats 100%

  • Combined Results with other initiatives:
    • Turnover on the oncology unit was 13.12% pre-intervention and 9.8% at the 7-month timeframe.
    • Incremental overtime on the oncology unit dropped from 1.19 to 0.74 during the same time period.

The tools help me on the spot in crisis or in unexpected situations where I need to stay un–rattled.
RN, Oncology

Using HeartMath, I have been able to manage my stress better. Moments when I usually feel my heart rate elevate, my face flush and my nerves stand on end have now changed to moments where I feel more in control, moments where I feel I can make a clear decision and feel good about it.
RN, Oncology

Decreased frequency of migraines, decreased low back pain, decreased shoulder tension.
RN, Oncology

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