Building workforce well-being capability: The findings of a wellness self-care programme
Journal of Nursing Management
Aim: To implement and evaluate a co-designed staff well-being programme. Background: Working in health care can be physically and psychologically demanding. The job demands–resources model indicates job resources moderate the impact of job demands on staff well-being. Well-being initiatives introduced by organisations improve staff commitment, and reduce absences and incidents. Methods: A qualitative descriptive design was applied. In 2019, within an Australian local health district, 232 health care professionals across eight hospitals and two community settings attended a six-week well-being programme, which included a variety of self-care strategies, for example mindfulness. Nine 1-hr focus groups were completed 2–4 weeks post-programme. Data were analysed using thematic analysis to explore participants’ thoughts and experiences. Results: Participants experienced joy from workshops and guilt for leaving peers with their workload. Participants developed strong interpersonal relationships with workshop attendees within a ‘safe well-being space’. Broader impacts expressed by participants were; learnt coping mechanisms and proactive self-care practices and can be easily embedded into daily routines. Participants shared their ‘toolkit’ with colleagues, family and friends, positively impacting the well-being of people around them. Conclusion: Participants encouraged by their new well-being ‘toolkit’ engaged with colleagues, better managed stressors and shared learnings. Implications for Nursing Management: Building well-being capability within a health organisation requires nursing management to make staff well-being a strategic priority, use a co-design approach and embed coping mechanisms at the grassroots levels.
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