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Document Type

Doctoral Paper

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Committee Chair

Williams-Coleman, Beverly

Committee Member

Hardin-Fanning, Frances

Author's Keywords

wellness; emergency department; trauma; nurse; physician; medical professional


Background: Current data from the ANA HealthyNurse Survey 2018-2019 states that 70 percent of nurses that were surveyed report putting the health, safety, and wellness of their patients before their own. Additionally, in a study conducted between 2011 and 2017 of over 5,000 physicians less than 50 percent stated that they had enough time for their personal and family life. This data supports the urgent need to focus on the promotion of self-care and wellness for medical professionals. Objective: The purpose of this quality improvement project was to provide an opportunity for emergency department medical professionals to work toward improving their overall well-being through the implementation of a wellness program and to evaluate what effect that program may have had on reported wellness using the Five Factor Wellness Inventory For Adults and the associated Indivisible Self Model of Wellness. Methods: Voluntary wellness workshops for emergency department medical professionals were implemented as part of a staff wellness program. Workshops were led by therapists, holistic practitioners and clinicians whose work focus on at least one area of wellness. Each workshop featured a new lead speaker and new topics as they relate to wellness. Results: Statistically significant (p ≤ .05) improvements were seen at the end of the intervention for total wellness and the majority of associated wellness outcomes. Conclusions: These results support the premise that the implementation of wellness-based programs can be an effective intervention to help emergency department medical professionals enhance their overall well-being and experience specific improvements in individual components of their well-being.

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