Tampa General Hospital - HEART MIND PROJECT

Tampa General Hospital

Nurse Residency Program Tampa General Hospital

Tampa General Hospital integrated HeartMath’s resilience skills into their Vizient/AACN Nurse Residency Program. HeartMath content was delivered in 20 min. monthly modules, over 11 months for 402 residents, divided into four cohorts.

New Graduate Nurses – Examples of Stressors they voiced:

  • Fear of harming a patient or making an error
  • Fear of being yelled at or doing something wrong
  • Fear of appearing incompetent or looking stupid
  • Child care or caregiving for family member
  • Not knowing who to trust or to ask for help
  • Overcommitted, finances, trust, schedule, shift
  • Away from family or country
  • Unsure they made the right career choice

New Graduate Nurse Stress – Casey-Fink Survey:

  • Pre adding HeartMath modules:
    • 6 months – large spike in stress
    • Stress higher than the national average

  • Post adding HeartMath modules:
    • 6 months – no spike in stress
    • Slight decrease in stress observed
    • Stress below the national average

Positive results are already trending. Typically there is a spike in stress levels at month 6. This is the first time stress levels have slightly decreased at month 6. Our VP of HR said every employee should attend this workshop.
Shelly Scamardo Kantor, BS, CHES, CHWC, Employee Health Services

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