Program Evaluation of a Pilot Occupational Stress Program

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Escribano-Miranda, Shaina, Nursing Practice - School of Nursing, University of Virginia
Westphal, Richard

Occupational stress is detrimental to physical and psychological health. Poor wellbeing of healthcare providers is associated with adverse patient outcomes and decreased provider retention. The purpose of this scholarly project was to conduct a program evaluation of Be Wise, a pilot program intended to impact occupational stress in a unit within an academic medical center. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention framework for program evaluation in public health guided this scholarly project. Results of this program evaluation yielded various recommendations regarding program goals, data handling, and perceptions of effectiveness among staff. The overarching recommendation was to incorporate regular program evaluation into program processes. Results also revealed system implications related to engagement, turnover, and absenteeism trends that corresponded with program implementation. Ultimately, Be Wise increased awareness of mental wellness and stress in the workplace. The results of this program evaluation may guide current and future implementation of Be Wise.

DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice)
occupational stress, wellbeing, program evaluation
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