Debra K Pendergast

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AIM To determine the prevalence and contributing factors of moral distress in medical and surgical nurses. BACKGROUND Moral distress from ethical conflicts in the work environment is associated with burnout and job turnovers in nurses. METHOD A prospective cross-sectional survey using the Moral Distress Scale tool was administered to medical and(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to rigorously evaluate a brief stress management intervention for nurse leaders. BACKGROUND Despite the nursing shortage, evidence-based workplace approaches addressing nurse stress have not been well studied. METHODS Nurse leaders (n = 33) were randomly assigned to brief mindfulness meditation course (MMC) or(More)
This article describes the rationale, implementation and results of a pilot study evaluating the personal and organizational impact of an educational intervention on the stress of health team members. The compelling imperative for the project was to find a positive and effective way to address the documented stress levels of healthcare workers. Pilot study(More)
The development of a nursing quality program is particularly challenging in the face of building a new hospital, hiring and orienting 800 staff, purchasing supplies and equipment, writing policies, developing workflows and processes, and implementing an electronic medical record. This is the story of one hospital's journey. Strategies for success and(More)
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