Evaluating the Outcomes of a Web-Based Stress Management Program for Nurses and Nursing Assistants

Suzanne Dutton, Sharon L. Kozachik

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Objective: The purpose of this quality improvement project was to determine the utilization, satisfaction, and effect of a web-based stress management program for nurses and nursing assistants (NAs). Methods: This quality improvement project provided BREATHE, a web-based stress management program that consisted of six modules that describe, identify, and help nurses manage stress for 31 nurses and NAs working on a subacute rehabilitation unit at a mid-Atlantic community hospital. Measurements: The number of login attempts and time spent on the program were included, as were the nurse stress scale (NSS), a 34-item validated instrument that captures seven dimensions of stress, and a seven-item satisfaction survey given at the end of the modules. Results: Nurses utilized and were satisfied with the evidence-based program BREATHE and reported significant improvement in NSS scores. Linking Evidence to Action: Findings suggest that BREATHE was effective at reducing the NSS score among nurses and NAs. The web-based nature of the program allowed nurses to engage in it at times most convenient for them, which added to the program’s acceptability and overall satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-38
Number of pages7
JournalWorldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2020


  • burnout
  • nurses
  • stress
  • stress management
  • web-based interventions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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