Development of a wellness resource to strengthen resilience in the oncology health care team

Higdon, Leslie (2022) Development of a wellness resource to strengthen resilience in the oncology health care team. Practicum Report. Memorial University of Newfoundland. (Unpublished)

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Background: With continuing advancements in cancer screening and treatment, the patient population is growing and cancer care is becoming more complex. The oncology healthcare team works closely with patients through their, often, long-term cancer journey, which puts team members at high risk for occupational stress. To ensure patients receive optimal care, work- based interventions are needed to support health care providers to improve their resilience and decrease their risk of secondary traumatic stress. The project was guided by Peplau’s Interpersonal Relations in Nursing Theory. Purpose: To identify, develop, and facilitate the implementation of evidence-informed interventions to optimize resilience and reduce work- related stress in oncology healthcare providers. Methods: An integrative literature review was conducted to identify best workplace practices for reducing stress. A consultation process (electronic survey and interviews) was initiated with members of the oncology program to collect their thoughts on work-related stress, as well as perceived strengths and barriers to wellness strategies. An environmental scan was also completed to identify current resources available through Eastern Health and possible resources in other national programs. Findings: Research evidence indicated the effectiveness of a multi-component approach with education on self-care, mindfulness training, and regular debriefing opportunities. The consultations and environmental scan provided the context and specific ideas for the resource. Conclusion: The oncology wellness resource included an interactive education session with a multi-faceted approach and a focus on resiliency. As well, a collaborative plan was developed with cancer care leadership and the health authority’s Human Resource Department to implement a debriefing program that will provide support and promote resilience in the oncology interdisciplinary team.

Item Type: Report (Practicum Report)
Item ID: 15148
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references.
Keywords: secondary traumatic stress, grief, oncology, resources
Department(s): Nursing, Faculty of
Date: May 2022
Date Type: Submission
Medical Subject Heading: Early Detection of Cancer; Mindfulness; Self Care; Compassion Fatigue; Nursing; Health Personnel; Patient Care Team; Interpersonal Relations; Burnout, Professional

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