Learning Objective 1: Identify instruments that can measure subjective workplace stress in clinical staff.
Learning Objective 2: Describe a simple intervention that can reduce subjective workplace stress in clinical staff.
Clinical staff report experiencing work related stress due to a number of stressors. The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a “rejuvenation room” in reducing reported work stress in clinical staff.
A convenience sample of clinical staff self-selected to spend 10 minutes in a rejuvenation room (featuring comfortable seating and a nature scene) and complete a demographic survey, pre-intervention and post-intervention instrument consisting of Motowidlo's subjective stress scale, a self-developed stress level scale (SDSLS) and survey to measure feelings and satisfaction with the rejuvenation room.
Forty-five clinical staff participated in the study. Participants were clinical nurses (42%) with an average of 4.65 years in their role (SD = 2.03), mostly female (82%), with a mean age of 38.62 years (SD = 11.70) who worked in their unit for two years (51%). A statistically significant difference between participants’ preSDSLS score (M = 2.87, SE = .117) and postSDSLS score (M = 1.71, SE = .117), t (44) = 10.985, p < .001 resulted with participants having lower stress level scores after ten minutes in the rejuvenation room. An increased feeling of a great deal of stress due to one’s job and always being stressed at work was associated with an increased stress level at the moment (pre-rejuvenation room). Decreased stress levels following ten minutes in the rejuvenation room were associated with increased feelings of being refreshed and increased satisfaction with the rejuvenation room in reducing stress.